* Posts by Griffo

121 posts • joined 23 Feb 2015


New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman



While I have no doubt that Oracle and a bunch of munts who have screwed over their staff, $11m over 6 years is a pretty low figure for an enterprise sales reps. With the amount that Oracle pay their sellers i'd expect them carry at least $5m in target per year,

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star


Who feels sorry for Oracle? No Really

Oracle's just upset that nobody want to use their shit cloud that can only provide 2012 level basic IaaS services. I think Gartner recently rated it as having "minimum viable features".

I fact I just found it and I quote:

"Oracle's second-generation product, named Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), was launched in November 2016. A year-and-a-half later, however, Gartner says it "remains a bare-bones 'minimum viable product,' and it is arguably too minimal to be viable for a broad range of common cloud IaaS use cases.""

Apple solemnly agrees to pay France $570m in back taxes, turns to camera, gives us a wink


Transactional Tax

Is this another reason for countries to look more seriously at shifting to transactional taxes?

Tax the transaction, in the country it's made, at the time the transaction is made. The ability to funnel transactions to low-tax jurisdictions could be severely curtailed if not stopped entirely.

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore


Stab in the dark guess

Lost a server or storage group.

Discovered backup junk

Recovering emails from a journal, which means that it needs to process every mail, decide whether to restore it, and insert it back into the users (now empty) mailbox.

DDoS sueball, felonious fonts, leaky Android file manager, blundering building security, etc etc


Re: Es file explorer [alternative app (fast NAS access)]

Not as full featured - but free - AndSMB provides both SMBv2 and SMBv3 support.

Cray will realise 'substantial' loss. But Shasta minute, folks, big iron market will pick up


Talk About an Own Goal

Lets hope that the Cray Shasta is more successful than the Alteon product of the same name.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files


Lost all a CIO's emails during an Exchange Migration

I once had to complete an AD and Exchange migration for a company. I don't recall the reason why exactly, but they needed to move to a new AD so a full migration was necessary.

When I configured the new Exchange environment, I set up some basic policies - you know, like remove all mail from the Deleted Items folder after 30 days etc.

A week or so after the migration was completed, I got an urgent "please explain" email from the CIO, he wanted to know why I was so incompetent that I had managed to lose all his emails.

Naturally I went straight to the logs to see that yes all X number of items had copied across, so I went to question him as to what emails he was referring to. At which point I learnt that he, no shit, stored every single email he wanted to come back to in the 'Deleted Items' folder. On their previous server they had no policies so they stayed there until he deleted them a second time. I never could get my head around his logic that this was a good place to store them..

Anyway, luckily I still had a PST of his old mailbox, so disaster was averted. But what a muppet.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


I've often had the same

I too have the "curse" of an email address that many people seem to think is theirs. Mostly, it's easy to correct, but memorable is a software company that kept sending me the software license key for their wares. I spent maybe 2 years forwarding it back to their support department before someone with more than one brain-cell picked up the ticket and actually fixed it.

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


Re: Isn't that what the watches with the numbered bezels are for?

Or even better, learn ratio deco. 10 seconds of mental calcs will tell you if your dive computer is close to the mark or miles off.

Also, anyone who relies on the AI reading for tank pressure and doesn't check their SPG is asking for trouble.

It's a worrying trend in diving. Too many people "ride the computer" and have no idea how to actually calculate their remaining NDL or know what to do if they do enter deco. I blame PADI

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


I too was unleashed untrained on a Netware 3.11 network. I was given the admin doc and the SYSADMIN password and unleashed. I didn't even know what IPX was for gods sake.

Somehow, I survived, although I do think I had about 6 weekends of major rebuilds due to earlier poor planning decisions. Name everything the same and everything would work just fine come Monday morning.

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter


Re: Bah!


Fixed wing for the power-loss, no-crater win.

Tell that to the people on JT610

British Airways: If you're feeling left out of our 380,000 passenger hack, then you may be one of another 185,000 victims


Poor Handling

One of my co-workers had their data slurped via this attack. He had to cancel his card obviously, but luckily BA sent him a nice email with a free offer to a 12 month subscription for a credit monitoring that would look for attempts to leverage the information that was stolen.

Only issue was.. the offer was only valid for UK residents. So basically, if you used BA, got hacked, and were not a UK resident, then they effectively said "screw you".

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer


Say what you will

I know on this site that a large portion of the participants are Microsoft haters. But you have to admit that the founders have been some of the most philanthropic people in history. Compare that to Bezos or Ellison or Zuch who horde their billions like some modern age Scrooge McDuck.

Vale Allen.

Using Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations? Using Skype? Not for long!


Backwards Compatibility

Say what you will about MS, they are normally overly focused on software backwards compatibility. Often to their own commercial detriment. I wonder if a security flaw with the old authentication method was found that forced their hand.

Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security


It would be great

It would be great if MS actually enabled this technology on all their partner portals as well. You know, the ones that let us modify customers products and subscriptions and get into their tenancies.

There's been a few cases of partners credentials being hacked - to date mostly so people can spin up Azure for free crypto, however the fact that most of these portals still cannot enable 2FA is criminal.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)



So after years and years of teaching users to check the full URL.. Google decide to start obfuscating it so they can turn it into another search bar with zero thought about the repercussions. Guess it's back to Firefox then.

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows


Re: £££££££££££

Because after decades of Government IT departments providing shit IT solutions on spaghetti architecture that was always N-5 revisions new, they probably decided that outsourcing part of their stack to the vendor to keep evergreen probably makes a lot of sense.

Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes


I doubt there's any BV code in there

From what I understand AAD was a ground up clean sheet modern directory written specifically for multi-tenant web scale identity requirements. Compatibility with Windows AD obhects was added afterwards, and AD services have been slowly bolted on, but again are clean room implementations. I doubt there's much if any code in AAD taken from Windows AD.

Telstra reveals radical restructure plan


It's wasn't a lack of courage

I think you forget the arrogant, combatant, pigheaded, monopolistic beast that was Telstra back when NBN was announced. Do you not remember when Telstra submitted a 1 page response to the original NBN tender? NBNCo was constructed in part to FORCE Telstra to separate into infra and retail businesses because Telstra refused to and was totally happy being the vertically integrated communications monopoly provider.

Australia, Solomon Islands to ink Huawei-free cable contract today


This government and Internet Services Provision?

If the NBN is anything to go by, the poor Solomons are Fv(ked for the next 20 years.

The current governments "Faster Cheaper more reliable" NBN re-design has been nothing but an unmitigated disaster that's going to take another $50B and 10 years to re-build once completed.

SAP hopes to blow the doors off Salesforce with a block of C/4HANA


Hells No

As someone who is subjected daily to using SAP's current "best of breed" CRM Online solution.. I pity the fool that even looks at their new CRM offering. SAP wouldn't understand modern dynamic sales processes if their future depended on it.

NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours


UPS upgrades

Inside word is they were undertaking a UPS upgrade and it went wrong.. apparently it caused a set of rolling failures which took some time to untangle.


Re: Also Broke BNZ in New Zealand

Actually knowing a little about the NAB's datacenters, power setup and mainframes, this is not an everyday failure. They have several layers of power redundancy at their main Knox DC and their new secondary facility is state of the art.

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone


Plenty of poorly used blocks left

I used to work at CSC, and at the time we owned 20.x. I owned 20.254. I see that they actually handed it back - good on them. But there are still other /8's around that really should be given back - such as 19, 28 and 56.net

Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win


What about S3

It seems every second player / device in the storage space offers and S3 compatible interface for data storage. Does this mean Amazon could go sue OpenStack and all the others?

Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon



Just implement a transactional tax system. Companies lose the ability avoid taxation as they shift money around.

At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)


So what about craigslist and backpage?

Maybe i'm misunderstanding the scope, but it appears that this law bans all online prostitution advertisements? Does this mean that Backpage and Craigslist etc can no longer have adult services sections? Doesn't BP make 90% of it's revenues from it's "adult services" sections?

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle


KU Band?

Isn't KU band the one that stops working every time it rains?

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin


Worse Liquid Story

One of my colleagues has a far far far worse story about liquids in a server room.

This server room had been installed in a hospital, and had been in that location for several years. My old mate had just recently installed a couple of new blade centers and storage, and one Monday morning unlocked the door to the room looking forward to a day of playing with shiny new toys.

Unfortunately, over the weekend, there had been a bit of a plumbing leak. What he at the time didn't know, was that in the ceiling above this server room, some bright spark had run a sewerage pipe. From the intensive care unit. Connected to "bed pan disposal unit". This pipe had for some reason popped off. Which meant that for all weekend, all the super disgusting sick person excreta had been dripping through the server room ceiling all over this brand new shiny kit.

Needless to say, while specialists cleaners were called in to clean the room, all the kit was replaced under an insurance claim. Now that's a day you'd never forget.

TPG joins the NBN speed-fail refund club


This only addresses line rates

This is a first step, but the ACCC needs to encode stricter performance targets to prevent crazy over subscription of the CVC.

My mother who can achieve a 32mbit line rate but can't get more than 6mbit down except at 3am in the morning doesn't receive a cent in compo under this plan.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare


Re: Questions

Good question. MS are seeming to indicate that if the Hypervisor is patched, the guest is protected. So will the OS detect that it's running on a patched OS and not "double implement" the memory protection?


How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine


Re: ADSL slow? Shurely not!

If you are getting those speeds, you are not using ADSL. The term "Fibre ADSL" is an oxymoron. I'd suggest it's a marketing term dreamed up by someone at your provider.

The maximum theoretically achievable download speed on ADSL is 24mbits on ADSL2+


OVH goes TITSUP again while trying to fix its last TITSUP



When SDN goes bad hey? You gotta almost feel sorry for them.

Hardly anyone uses Australia's My Health Record service


Why would people register

Uhm.. the moment the government made it an opt-out system, user self registration became redundant. So wouldn't you EXPECT the rate of self-registrations and self uploads to go into the toilet?

VMware refuses to support its wares running in Azure


What about other VMWare hosters

Apart from AWS, I'm not sure the other VSPP's out there will be that happy to hear AWS bag Microsoft if this way. Pretty much every other hoster runs an environment that hasn't been "engineered by VMWARE". Are they saying all their other hosters are running piles of shit?

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?


Re: bootcamp?

Or for those who want the hardware, but don't want to run OSX...

I have booted into OSX maybe twice on the last 4 years on my iMac.

If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU


Plus a few years ago Telstra spent a small fortune building DC's stacked with Cisco UCS gear to try to compete with AWS and Azure etc. They weren't particularly successful.

Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention


You may be suprised

My mate is on 100/40 FTTH and was one the first suburbs deployed. He's been on Dodo since day 1 and claims to get full speeds pretty much full time.

I blame the ACCC and the F'ing craptastical 121 POI decision for most of the over-subscribed CVC issues.

Oracle users meet behind closed doors: Psst – any licensing tips?


Not all Vendors

Actually, Microsoft has significantly reduced the size and scope of it's software compliance teams. As they move to online services, they don't really care as much as it's pretty easy to tell how much is being used. They also don't seem to care so much about ownership rules etc - as long as somebody is paying, they are happy.

Telstra said its 7-incher was really an 11-incher, left customers frustrated, unsatisfied


They ripped off normal people

I'm so glad about this. My MIL who is an AFL nut signed up for this. I watched it once with her - and omg the quality was so bad it was like wating a 640x480 video encoded in the late 1990's. You could barely see the ball. What a joke.

What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709


Re: Pay for? Or severe bugs?

Option 3: It has a data loss bug and they've temporarily pulled it until they can fix it.

Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama


Has to be within range

TheReg seems to think that having to be within WiFi range is a huge obstacle:

"For a start, an eavesdropper has to be in wireless range of the target network, and have the time and specialized software to pull off the KRACK technique."

Well.. sure. But from my house I can see about 15 of my neighbours' networks, and at my office I can see an amazing number. So yeah, only a couple of dozen networks that right now are probably wide open to me breaking. But nothing to see here.. move on.

AMD comes out swinging, says: We're the Buster Douglas of the tech industry!


Re: It's kinda interesting...

I think Intel would very much like AMD to go away. And here's hoping they don't.

Remember when Intel said x64 was impossible and everyone needed to migrate over to their new iTanic CPU architecture? Thank god for AMD.

The URL of sandwich: Microsoft Office blogs redirect snafu foils users


Broken Down Under

Just tried now from Oz. Takes me to the home page.

DNS results are... strange. Office Blogs on WordPress??

> blogs.office.com

Server: dns1.tpgi.com.au


Non-authoritative answer:

Name: officeblogs.wpengine.com


Aliases: blogs.office.com

IBM likely to close Australian data centre


Blast from the past

This DC is still running? It would be close to 20 years since i've been to that facility. And yes it's location always made sense. Every other idiot put their DC's in the CBD or in Alexandria right next to the Airport. I mean, CBD's and Airports aren't major at risk sites for large scale attacks right?

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM


Will it ever be possible?

Subject context is another item that must make speech recognition very difficult.

A while back, I was reviewing the official police transcript of an interview with a man who was accused of killing his wife during a scuba accident.

Luckily the video of the same interview was available, as the number of Critical mis-transcriptions was amazing. Here was something that a human had transcribed from a very clear AV feed, and had seriously gotten wrong on several occaisions. Why? Because the transcriber had no knowledge of Scuba terms, and had transcribed what he/she thought they had heard.

But what they thought they had heard was not shaped by any knowledge of the subject, so was wrongly transcribed. I

supposed a compute may one day be able to work out the subject and then apply a specific set of industry / subject terms to it (which is why I guess they make medical specific transcription software) but as a human I can never follow along when my wife switches topic 13 times in one conversation, so how will a computer?

The hidden horse power driving Machine Learning models


What am I missing?

The article said you couldn't get data to the Azure cloud fast enough. But apparently using hard disk shipping was OK, because you could write to them with 10gbit. But you can also get 10gbit expressroute connections straight to azure. What am I missing?

Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen


Science or Mythbusters?

I thought it was only TV celebs who got paid to blow things up. I mean, firing a big freaking laser at a pool of hydrocarbons. What could possibly go wrong?


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