* Posts by arthoss

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Facebooker swatted, Kaspersky snares an NSA thief, NASA server exposed, and more

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Why loathed care to elaborate?

Using this in consulting, all happy at every customer, can you give some facts?

Huawei CEO defiant on security claims, vows to be so good, 'no market can keep us away'

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Re: From the Article...

Yeah I think regardless where it comes from you should always believe there is a backdoor in any software

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Re: I thought Google was supposed to 'do no evil'?

you must like Yahoo! a! Lot!

As if connected toys weren't creepy enough, kids' data could be used against them in future

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If I were working for an unethical employer I’d set up a data slurper to gather info for use from children and teenagers 20 30 years later on them. That means it’s already happening

IT Wi-Fi kit bit by TI chip slip: Wireless gateways open to hijacking via BleedingBit chipset vuln

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Now talking as a noob in hacking (I do business software, but there seems to be a business side to hacking too), why is there no self developing vulnerability finding software (KI - artificial intelligence - I use the German word for it because it’s cooler)?

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Re: Not bad

I don’t mind the odd krrckssskrrrk of harddrive, it’s actually a nice noise. No, when my old mini does makemkv and handbrake it sounds like I’m on the launch pad of an aircraft carrier.

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Re: Naysayers ...

It’s human to be afraid of what you don’t know.

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Re: Not bad

Yeah, for me too. If I have a Hoover of a computer in my small office, I’d have to wear headphones the whole time... I’m looking to replace my MBR 15 with something that supports high definition screens and is quiet.

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You lost me at “eclipse”

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Maybe in a couple of thousands of years...

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Hahaha. They probably don’t have enough scientists to process all information they stole already.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

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ahhh the foolish growth

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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The moment something is automated is the death knell of its attraction. HTML is about to die then. No more crap programs masqueraded as “web” pages. Clap ... clap ... clap. Bring on the direct clients!

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade

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SAP’s stupidity was to think that acquiring a cloud solution will suffice. But through that they didn’t get to put their ingrained wisdom into the SaaS suite. Also, pushing customers to the “cloud” only meant customers thought it viable to move to a different suite altogether (hey it works with success factors so it will work with any other).

Customers generally implement updates twice a year and it takes about 3 weeks (mostly because you have to test a lot of stuff and some things need to be fixed). All public sector is no go for data that is not under their control, so there are projects with SAP still. The only reason why there is indeed a bit of a handbrake on the sap implementations these days is SAP’s faltering commitment to the on-premise solution. Well they did say they’re preparing a new on premise version for 2023 and that will be supported till 2030. 7 years is nothing - they should commit to 20 years at least.

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I don't know where you get your data from, it seems like you're generalising ...

Cloud is a mess in general, not just at SAP. We're devolving in ERP software because of the cloud hype to the state of the 80s where nothing was properly integrated. Let's talk in 5 years when this generation repeats history. It's partly SAP's fault for promoting their cloud products at the expense of the on-premise products. Making experience with two cloud solutions and they're just puerile compared to classic SAP - unstructured information, missing information structures that are long required by law, basic workflows, it's just unbelievable customers accept it - and then they keep the classic SAP because it does what it's supposed to do. And with all the new economy wars I expect that "cloud" will be deployed in each country to avoid blocking and just like with netflix some parts of it won't work from certain countries (for multinational companies). Cloud won't ever work 100%, no matter how evolved we are (one country) - because at some point we'll have to move to other planets.

SAP software is not dog old. Is actually legally up to date in many countries. If users hate anything that might be the UI but why would a normal user know about ABAP? ABAP's power is in its APIs which are massive - the libraries of all kinds of business functions and legal implementations - so what if it's old, normal functional consultants can understand it, which wouldn't be the case if it would be a super fancy new language. Change for the sake of change, from SAP, that's a recipe for success... of the consulting companies riding the latest trends not for the customer. Slap a version of SAPGui for the iPad packaged with a VPN connection and you're good to go with all current SAPGui applications - that could be something that SAP could do in a jiffy (why aren't you doing it SAP?).

"People would rather have best of breed" - yeah well if you skip leg day you can't do chicken shit in real life - it all has to work together otherwise your just creating a Frankenstein monster. The cloud house is creaking at its junctions - the customer will tend to the junctions instead of tending to the walls and other parts as before.

I don't get why some of you here have such negative feelings towards SAP - SAP is a complete software suite that considerably simplifies work and can be customised to fit the most complex processes. That is not the case with the new high kids on the block.

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Re: Payroll ?

4 million personnel numbers managed and paid, worked like a charm. But you have to maintain focus for the entire duration of the project. Companies have to learn to wait for the best consultants - till they're out of the current projects. Companies exist for hundreds of years so why hurry. Get the best consultants, get the best plan, pay the right price and you'll get something that will run 50 years if you want. As a rule of thumb I'll say if SAP themselves is not involved in the huge project at all, you have to be really careful.

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Windows

First of all this seems to have been an implementation of SAP HR, FI, CRM, SCM, etc. (and you're referring to CRM in your comment).

SAP is the best payroll system in the world if you want to run it on your own. SAP FI is top notch as well. It's a proper on-premise solution, which is preferred by institutions from the public sector. It's not easy to do a proper move from one older system to another. We needed about 5 years to do it for a huge public sector institution, with at least 20 people permanently on the job, most of the time double or more. We had an excellent project manager who knew SAP HR and FI, I think that's what made the difference (SAP provided him and half of the consultants).

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Download from malware.com and get a 10 euro voucher

Literally being paid to shoot yourself in the knee, that’s what will happen.

Thanks for all comments, I will not allow games on my son’s ipad that can get goodies through any other means than App Store, because that would be outside my family chain of control on ios. What Epic is doing is shit, a Epicxshit . Let’s go back a decade or two it’s just too good these days!

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Peasant, you have the shopping list on your wrist, every item you tap to tick disappears eventually - on the apple watch. It's easier and faster when you have two bags in each hand than using sticks and stones to make a fire.

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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Trollface

Re: weird decision by Aussies

yes you're right, I'll trust you.

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Facepalm

Re: Worse!

oh no! who would have thought that happens when the communication between the subsystems of a modern phone are secured? Ben, NontechnicalBen.

The A7 forwards the data to the Secure Enclave but cannot read it. It's encrypted and authenticated with a session key that is negotiated using the device's shared key that is built into the Touch ID sensor and the Secure Enclave. The session key exchange uses AES key wrap- ping with both sides providing a random key that establishes the session key and uses AES-CCM transport encryption.

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weird decision by Aussies

replacing a sensor that generates a mathematical representation of a fingerprint is playing with fire. You don't know the new sensor doesn't generate the same representation for all fingerprints or for some spy agency standard artificial fingerprint or even uses an algorithm that is similar to Apple's. Non-approved means non-known. this is not just an apple issue... it applies to all sensors used for security.

description of what it does for laymen, because some of these comments show ignorance https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204587

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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it dept learned how to strap it in bondage so it's gagged

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: @JustWondering - 5 seconds is not enough

from own experience with adaptive cruise control: having it enabled, you can press the brake pedal faster, as your foot is not on the acceleration, you are safer if you turn your head and another car veers into your path at the same time, you save more energy, slowing down cars at the end of a jam are detected and in a jam you don't have to constantly accelerate and decelerate.

Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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why the honour?

none of his theories are proven, unlike Newton's.

US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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GSM data is already available at the telephony provider

yeah. so with or without google you'll still be tracked. Sometimes people forget that everything is digital not just the OS on their phone.

Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

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Might require that companies that do a certain turnover in the US have so many employees hired in the US. I can certainly see that coming.

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

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i didn't know peoplesoft could do payroll. if it was such a big project why didn't they hire directly oracle to implement it? since it would have been a prestige project to peoplesoft/oracle.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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using Siri

my apple watch selects music while I'm driving (play Moby), I use the timer a lot (through Siri), I'm checking sunset/sunrise times (photography) and weather as well as moon phase (photography). I think a lot of little apps should be created as widgets on the watch, because that's its strength. From the dumb watches the one thing I always wanted was the moon phase and the date. There is no smartwatch anymore. There is watch and dumb watch.

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Re: I can think of lots of uses for a smart watch...

well the fitness part is for me: keeping your heart rate where you want to train (I'm bad in the middle physical effort for instance, but good on the high effort, so I have to train where the heart ist 140-150), telling you to move around on one of those lazy days (time to stand up) and counting my swimming laps (which I really can't count by myself, and I have a distance goal). Seeing how my split time is, swimming, tells me how to swim better next time - to be less physically stressed and cover more distance. And at some point you condition yourself to fill all the circles every day - and it will make you feel good physically and mentally. Seeing how your effort capacity goes down in time lets you better plan your sport sessions in general.

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Re: I have a fine collection of Rolexes, including the very hard to come by Daytona...

meh. other than for investment dumb watches are just dumb.

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Re: Men Vs Women

yeah, in my section of the world it's also 50/50 (IT consulting, sports, photography).

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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wow. if US government wins it might be the death knell of cross-nation cloud and the beginning of even stronger encryption protocols for communication between services.

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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Re: So close!

sorry guy but if you're really hardcore about keyboards you should be symmetrical in your hand input skills. When you have that you hate anything that makes your hands move from the ideal position (index on F and J). For me there are not enough good keyboards without the numpad, although the matias wireless comes pretty close. Having something on your desk that pushes you to prefer a side of the desk only leads to scoliosis.

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yeah. It looks like MS people don't read UI design books - the psychology aspect of it. An OS is supposed to subtly improve your workflow and not always cry for attention. An good OS is never noticed.

Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services

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Re: Using Oracle?!

Nice reference

Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar

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Black Helicopters

tin foil hat

US is only trying to stave off other idiots (i.e. warmongers) from trying to hack into their systems so they need to make an example of each one. I wouldn't be surprised about black ops at some point against hackers.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

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what pace of changing???

Same thing said by Adobe, etc...

Just recognize that office evolution is done and move on. The only thing missing is self writing powerpoint/word document I guess - it wouldn't be part of an office package I believe though, more like an OS feature. But I think that these electronic crutches have done their thing and now we're ready to do stuff without them. Back to analogue I say! At least for humans.

SAP customers won't touch the fluffy stuff... so here's another on-prem HR data tool

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Strategic importance

As long as the armies use it, I can’t see the cloud being adopted. On premise will live for ever in some way. Maybe the new SAP HCM will be good who knows. Hana is good for services to SAPUI5 applications so I hope the conversion will really work (xpras and migration). I also hope that the license costs will not near the cloud prices, I think this is where the customers might hurt.

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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You may not be forced to incriminate yourself right? If judges can be persuaded that a mobile phone is an augment of your brain, being part of your being, there is no right to read it for anybody.

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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Thought about it

How to us it in a safe manner - face ID. Put a finger on your face when you set it up, problem solved, no one will be able to use your face.

GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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Re: Continuum

ok first of all all apple things are super thin so you can take two and still be carrying less than a typical win laptop. There is something called continuity (that came before ms' concept) which allows you to continue to mac from iPhone and back, if the applications are properly written. Also, let's not forget the universal clipboard - copy on iPhone, paste on mac.

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omnigraffle is nice and refreshing after visio but until a couple of years ago didn't support magnetism, which is a really cool feature of visio. That's why I do most of my diagrams using paper 53 and apple pencil on iPad pro - it's much much faster.

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Re: And why should that surprise us?

and she's right, because the OS supports that. But depending on the application she used to edit her document. Word for Mac doesn't do it but Pages does - never lost data there when having crashes. Sometimes the crash happened while not being at the desk and the only way I see that is by noticing that the VPN is broken - the rest is there as before.

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Re: ArrrrrG!!!

my MBR is super smooth, 5y old, up-to-date, including parallels for WinX daily use (in coherence mode). About the mouse, I've had that problem with all logitech wireless mice on macOS, but not with original apple mice - on mac logitech is trying to solve a non existent problem with their wireless receiver. Besides, a mouse on macOS only trumps the magic trackpad at 2+ big screens, get it - since it's the 21st century! A bit stuck in the past, aren't we - think different eh?

EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

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makes sense!

there are plenty of other ways to do it - CPU operations, hardware transplants, etc, should go in that direction. And good ol' police footwork!

Google sued for paying women less than men

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The problem here is they're comparing apples with pears. Unequal pay for different work is normal. It will be hard to prove that UI programming is equal to backend programming for difficulty.

The only problem I see is that only job women coders got was in frontend and not in backend programming.

Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

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Re: Pretty sure this doesn't count as a surface alternative

parallels to unleash your creativity with MacOS still

Fancy talking to SAP about your indirect licensing concerns? Straw poll says no

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Probably, just like it's for the cloud thing. Although sap (classic) might outlive the cloud-hype.

Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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Rudimentary use already possible

It's not only theoretical. At the moment software can recognize people. How about programming any device (it will have to be ANY device, not only the member-enabled robots, due to the upgrade possibility of robots) to not touch through their own actions anything that looks like a human? In this very primitive way, some protections for us will be ingrained in the AI. Then obey them human-shapes is next (the laws of robotics were weakened for some industrial robots so we might have to do that) and expiration time should be there too (like in blade runner) - I'd say they should live exactly as long as we do, proportional to their speed of thought though (think 20x faster than we, live 20x less than we) - maybe it's not a feasible one this idea. Also they should perhaps communicate with each other only through human understandable means, if they're human-interacting robots.

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