* Posts by VinceLortho

38 posts • joined 25 Jun 2014

Overzealous n00b takes out point-of-sale terminals across the UK on a Saturday afternoon

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Facepalm

My IBM AS400 POS Moment

My over zealous (and unthinking) issue also involved an IBM AS400 point of sale system. I was writing a complete and critical upgrade of the security and one Monday morning a stressed looking admin asked me, as I arrived at my desk, if I had backed up my work off system. I had and he looked very relieved. It seems the admin staff had scheduled a full UNIX update that weekend. They had not mentioned this to anyone outside of their little clique. Nothing in user's space was backed up and the update involved a complete drive wipe. "Well, that takes time we don't have and we are not responsible for the backups of others." I can imagine then self-righteously declaring to themselves. There were more than a few screams in IT that day.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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WTF?

Thought it was Just Me

Walked into an IT job interview and six identical lumberjacks looked up as I entered the room. I thought I was being pranked.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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The Spirits are Upon IT

File server holding the source code would corrupt a file now and then. The server was on an open work bench and the code was valuable (sold it to Microsoft eventually for I think $6.5M). I had argued it and other servers should be placed in a server room under lock and it's possible the machine was being tampered with since I could find nothing wrong with the hardware or OS. No one listened until another coder was working late and saw the cleaners unplug the server to plug in a vacuum cleaner. The server and others were then placed in a utility room with a locked door. They all auto-shut-downed because the office manager was in charge of the machines (don't ask) and would not listen when I asked how a room open to the plenum and very hot in the Summer would be cooled. A hard drive or two was completely cooked. The manager then went out and bought a portable air conditioner. Top of the line. "Excellent choice" I said. "Where does it drain the humidity condensate?" The manager looked at me as if I had announced myself to be the lizard king. I needed to check a server one weekend morning a couple of days later and walked into the server room with two inches of water on the floor. Remember it was a utility room converted to store servers. All the building's power ran through there. The manager was promoted to Director of Software Management (everything except development - infrastructure, user support, some testing, deployment) with no training in IT. Me, no promotion in ten years with a Dean's List degree in IT. I was too valuable as a programmer. I quit.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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FAIL

Management Fail

I have seen several times. By the responses, so have many others.

IT companies are complex rascals requiring many hands with many skills. Most of these skills are simply experience. A few, unique ability. Management, typically, has none of these.

If an IT firm has a fully documented system, an ITIL of policy and procedure covering all aspects of the system and a training system to utilize it, all is well. Any single employee is no longer indispensable and training can be done by any competent instructor.

This rarely happens. Documentation is costly, time consuming, and none wish to do it. A firm that is trying to squeeze every denari from the stone that is IT will never devote treasure to that which is of not immediate profit.

Middle management usually has no concept as to how to create an encyclopedia of operations and could see it as a way to eliminate or weaken their position in the firm. The MM's also have very little idea how daily ops are carried out although hubris convinces them otherwise.

Blood, this they, the C level muckety-mucks, the lovers of coin, have a passion for spilling. How they get the idea that people are costs and not creators of profit is beyond my capacity.

Anyway, nice to see ignorance, greed, and basic head up your backside stupidity punished. For once.

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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FAIL

Failed To Launch

Own and use a BB Z10 daily (I don't use the social media apps unavailable or of really terrible quality for it). Many shortcomings but, the QNX based OS is IMO better than iOS and Android. The HW is superior in many ways to most phones of the time - although there were quality issues. It was the inability to fully use Android apps that killed it and the dearth of native apps and the poor quality of those apps that were available. BB OS10 did support Android apps that did not require Google services, many popular ones do, however this was not made clear to the consumer and when these apps failed the customer returned it. If BB would have fully supported Android it would have been a solid product.A recent incident confirms this. When the BB Drop Box app recently stopped working due to no updates , long time users announced that they would never purchase a BB again.

The high returns show that when you make a smart phone that looks like an Android phone, make it work as well as one too.

April Fool: FCC finally bothers with Puerto Rico as chairman visits

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Unhappy

Money

It's a private telecom system, why is tax money involved? Make the carriers repair the telecom systems or have the operating licenses revoked?

The heart of the matter seems to be a land grab. By making Puerto Rico less livable people are moving and selling out cheap. The telecom system will be repaired (with what appears to be a big subsidy for the rich) when new wealthy enclave development starts.

Republicans love to spend on welfare for the rich.

La La La, I can't hear you: FCC responds to net neut concerns

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Somebody's Gonna get a Hurtin'

Pai's payoff better be huge. I wouldn't hire him after this, I won't buy goods or services from a company that would and I won't work for anyone associated with him. Explains why I'm poor.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Please..

The show is great and so are the choices for Doctor. This should be as excellent a Doctor as ever. Any direction (or time) is good, as long as I do not have the suffer through the 1970's writing where the scribbler's only inspirations seemed to be Tom Mix serials and inventing reasons for the low-budget recycled Macbeth sets. Specifically. the inevitable setup of being trapped with no chance to escape and moments from death and.. K9 blasts a hole in a cardboard/Styrofoam wall, the end.

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Facepalm

DevOps - Yet Another Solution

We witness the multiple passings of each new fad - sorry! - exciting new development and operational deployment methodology. Each, in turn, offering vastly improved, um, improvement into the bin when the next comes along.

Communication, expectations, resource allocation, responsibility, accountability and adherence to policy and procedure are and were addressed by Waterfall, SDLC, Spiral, SSADM, V-model, RAD, JAD, ISO9001, KANBAN, Lean, 6 Sigma, Agile and DevOps. Where it breaks down is the lack of initial planning and documentation, or adherence to process.

BS artists flourish in an environment of confusion, miscommunication and lack of accountability. Those in charge can blame the consultant for the failures and enjoy some darn awesome PowerPoint presentations.

Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: Cut it out!

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Devil

Re: Straight to Voicemail?

"Why is this technology even a thing?"

Someone offered the telecoms money...

Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show

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FAIL

Re: A How-To for securing the Internet? In 90 days?

...and the Russians will pay for it.

US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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FAIL

Fake News

The site crashed from good old fashioned IT infrastructure neglect/incompetence and a deadline for visa applications not related to the election. https://goo.gl/7iTnVO

Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: So? - Addendum

After the 750th return with a customer citing "No Linux drivers" they'll have one quickly coded.

When I was building custom drivers for digital medical imaging systems one vendor refused to provide interface specs to our company citing we were too small to be bothered with. When our client (a very large medical school) added support for our software as a non-negotiable requirement for the multi-million $ contract to replace aging imaging equipment the OEM would not stop phoning and emailing until I answered.

Money talks.

That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Linux

Got Linux?

Chrome 58.0.3029.81 (64-bit) on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS displays the sample URLs as random letters.

Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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FAIL

Re: WTF?

He's a bureaucrat - facts don't enter into any argument he makes.

Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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FAIL

Idiots

They're everywhere

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Linux

SOP

Windows QA is astoundingly bad. Written on and sent from the Linux machine that was a Win10 until never ending updates fracked the WiFi and clock for the fourth time.

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Linux

Re: Wow.

Now that you mention it, I've not had issues with the Debian Linux version of Widows either.

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Facepalm

Innovation Over Security

Security (hard security anyway) is always (always) left as the last priority in SW projects. But, this is a lock. You'd think it would be first.

LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

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FAIL

I was one of the 177 Million

I don't use the password for anything else so the LinkedIn hack didn't affect me but I did get a couple of attempts to play me on a social hack. The method was so pathetic (a couple of emails from a Chad Wentworth and a certain Jonathon Granger or some other obvious BS names) complimenting me on my great web site (which I do not have - great or otherwise) and would I do some work for them. Lucky for us it would seem that those smart enough to use the dark web to buy stolen user lists to run scams are too stupid to rig a good one. If they were they could make better money in a straight gig.

Your antivirus doesn't like Ammyy. And fraudsters will use that to RAT you out (again)

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Devil

Re: I have fun with the scammers...

Done the same - great fun. I use a blank virtual machine for them to take over and reset it to an initial snapshot after I've wasted the idiot's 45 minutes of effort. Bwahahahahahah!

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: "...many HR departments hire entirely by certification."

Most of the certified personnel I have worked with were incompetent in the position the certification was for. Then again, I worked with a PhD in IT that could not program.

IBM has to give Indiana some pocket change after $1.3bn web fiasco

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Re: $1.2 billion?

I worked on a contract as the DB analyst for decommissioning a Z series used exactly that way. The agency using it had no IBM personnel anywhere near the project. It's understandable as to why after reading this.

Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Re: sigh!

Good point. I have refurbished two Vista laptops with Win10 to the delight of the owners who had chucked them aside for being unusable. I did warn them of the surveillance built into Win10, the half complete interface and the loss of some control, but it does work well if installed fresh and a few thing turned off and tweaked. Update of existing Windows, on the other hand, is a nightmare. One Win7 Pro update went so badly it was easier to chuck it and resulted in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as replacement.

However, HP's problem is mostly the Carly Fiorina legacy. My wife's HP laser WiFi network printer has never fully worked, ever, in 3 years of mucking with it. I get the full wireless working so we can all print over the network and a couple of days later it has to be plugged into the computer USB again. It's over 10 years of increasingly crud product and bad service that affected HP sales, although it was not helped by Microsoft's uneven, reskinned Widows 8 beta-ware, with oft changing interface, posing as a new and complete OS.

Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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FAIL

Sue This

Enigma Software is a confidence trick posing as an anti-virus software company. If the owners were burned alive in a horrible accident no one who trusted their products to fix a infected computer and just got the ransom note instead would care.

From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

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Joke

Re: Operating system in Pascal for Pascal

Thanks, I have a complete copy UCSD P-system for x86 around here...somewhere.Things are sketchy. You don't program business apps in Windows -386/Win3.0/Win3.1 without developing PTSD. (It's a joke! No disrespect to first responders.)

HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Linux You Say?

So far Linux has run without major issue on every laptop I've installed it on. I would have a go but would swap out the drive with a new one if possible.

Al Franken to FBI: We need MORE revenge smut arrests

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Re: Recently re-elected.

He seems to be. I liked him on SNL and he sticks up for rights of people rather than corporations and doesn't say insane things like most Republicans and majority of Democrats.

'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Devil

Evil is

as evil does...

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: Who down voted me?

Yes, Windows 10 does seem to be the F-35 fighter for computers.

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Linux

Oh No!

It's Vista 2.0! Linux wins!

Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Unhappy

It's Hard to Really Hate Anyone

but the Saudis are making it easier. I wonder what the reaction would be if an Arab Muslim where to be flogged for denouncing Christian violence? BTW - Three cane strikes can kill you. This is not a naughty school boy backside paddling. It's inflicted by a martial artist who takes a running start and the cane is several feet long to get a whip effect. Time to go electric and turn the Saudis back into the goat herders they were before BP mucked things up.

For the love of Bong! He's Chief Contract Killer Evangelist... for WHAT NOW?

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Spot on parody

of the QNX 2000 conference where I attempted to interview a evangelist who earlier was trying to convince a room full of people that the future was terminals attached to mainframes BUT through the Internetwebthingy (INNOVATION!). To be fair it was basically like a Chromebook and cloud setup and a good concept but year 2000 was without the speed, capacity, security, or most of basic infrastructure needed (my points) . Except for the hired killer part, the discourse was very similar.

Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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WTF?

Sort of insulting

No manual formatting and no undo and no reason I would want to use it.

iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: That's not a cork.

There's a joke I can see coming. "I saw an iPhone once, years ago." Turns it on and looks at interface. "Yeah, same thing was on."

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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FAIL

Good Police Work!

Lovely that the police are protecting the public from nefarious types that provide Internet services allowing access to sites very rich people and the corporations that run them object to. As a bonus - it makes life so much safer for rapists and thieves and assorted other baddies that police resources devoted to stopping downloads of the latest in Hollywood tripe are not available to thwart actual evil.

Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

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Alert

Hmm?

Is this a DeBeers commercial in disguise to make every woman on Earth feel her proof of commitment is now inadequate?

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