* Posts by Olivier2553

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: Also aquare

In Thailand, it is commonly called "square".

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Re: Magical policing

That's called exorcism. Churches have sold the same oil for centuries...

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Thank you Simon and good luck with your new life, you will sure be regretted.

And welcome to Rebecca too.

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

"On food this is a bit of a piss take considering that EU firms"

Only you take the wrong examples. All you cite are cases of miss behaving of certain designated firms, and their actions have been stopped and punished as sons as they have been known.

You cannot compare the foul play of one company with the practices accepted at country level like bleaching poultry, feeding GMO to ignoring customers, hormones in meat, OJ with nearly no orange in it, honey that does no come from bees, etc.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: We had the CO2 equivalent

If the fire suppression gas had been released, I would not consider entering the server room before:

1) some professionals have cleared the danger of fire

2) the air has been replaced and all the gas evacuated

The gas is meant to be harmless to allow human exiting the room, not to continue working like nothing happened.

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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I don't know if anything has changed

I have the feeling that maintenance people have always (still today) been sent in the field without prior maintenance of any form.

If only, because to organise a maintenance training, you need to have an experience f what can go wrong, and you need manuals and documentation, and we know when manual and documentation are written...

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Coax and policies

When I started working at my current place, we had two Ethernet thin coax network running in parallel. One was for TCP/IP, Unix, etc. and I think the other one was for Netware. Among the first thing I did was consolidating both networks into one, it was running much better and was easier to maintain after that.

To reply about rogue DHCP, home routers that florish on the net and so on, we established a policy, that got endorsed by the management and has provision for penalties. When a problem arise, we have the ground to take action. And being a university, with most of the students boarding, the problem arise often, but not only with the students.

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Re: Token Ring

"I'm glad I missed the twisted pair days of Ethernet"

Huuuu? You know that Ethernet is only twisted pairs now? I bet you meant coaxial Ethernet?

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: Backend bod: "Either way is fine"

"No, that's what you would do if they said both ways are fine. Saying either way is fine would leave the developer the freedom to choose one or the other."

I am not native English speaker, so give me a break. You understand perfectly what I was meant to say, that saying either format is ok means that the program could output any of the date format, and the module that will accept that for processing would accept and work with format 1 and format 2 the same.

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Re: Backend bod: "Either way is fine"

But then, either should be accepted as a valid input, and either should be working and producing the same output.

Or else, that is the backend that is bogus.

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You mean expecting a call at any time wasn't part of the job description? What madness is this?

They didn't call when the hours were a single digit :)

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Re: He started a new life

"Basic rule: If it involves a powertool, you don't want me doing it."

Basic rule in IT: all your tools are powertools :)

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

"This solely lies with the vendors"

This lies with the buyers too who signed for something that was not upgradable, even when their technical people raised the issue.

If the badly designed systems did not find buyers, the vendors would have to do a better job.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: Because computer dates are numbers but real dates aren't

"The calendar is extinct

Not if you're dealing with historical material."

That does not make it less extinct. Like Latin is an extinct language, even if there are professors still teaching Latin.

I would also assume that historians are not much concerned about the way a computer may handle dates, it is not like your old manuscript is getting out of stock any soon.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

"It was alive I tell you, alive!"

That may be a good thing actually. Consider storing the keyboard during one week-end close to an ants' nest, they'l do a good job at cleaning anything that they can eat. Come Monday, a good shake to remove the remaining dust...

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Had a close call

"No, he said it was a near miss. TSB was a bullseye."

Technically, a near miss *is* a bullseye. Almost missed, but not quite so, a near miss is a proper hit :)

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Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Re: The Perfect Crime

That is why, now days, you cannot cash a cheque but have to deposit it into a bank account.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience

What about "hands up and start floating one foot above the floor"?

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Re: ATM Fraud

Speaking about ATM, I once did a withdrawal at the ATM in front of a bank and noticed the computer part of the machine was not properly closed, it was unlocked and I could open it. There was a police boot about 50m away, but I doubt any one was watching.

My guess is that some staff forgot to lock the machine after some work on it. I informed the central phone number of the bank and let it be.

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Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Re: "well known for their safe and sane wiring practices.."

"In rural Thailand,..."

It's changing. You now need an inspection check before your new house can be connected to the main power distribution, and proper electrical panel, with earth, earth leak breaker, etc. is part of the requirements.

How thorough may be questioned, but checks are supposed to exist.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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Re: Bank note checker

In the (few) AT machines I have seen replenished, here in Thailand, not only the bank note were checked by drawer, but each note of each drawer is being checked too before the machine goes online. This allows to count the bills, check that there are no bill sticking, invalid, unrecognizable, etc. Rejected bills go to a reject drawer that will eventually go back to the bank to be treated by a human.

More over, even if the person in charge of inserting the drawers in the ATM may be a low wages person, the one filling the drawers with thousands of fresh bank notes (10, 20, 30, more thousand notes in a drawer) is probably a bank employee. Why should they make error? And why a 10 pounds drawer could be installed in a 20 pounds slot?

Laser printers solved the paper size 30 years ago...

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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Funny coincidence...

No later than last Wednesday, it was 22 o'clock, I was just asleep when I received a phone call from one of our department secretaries: a student had call in panic, there was a fire in my office.

They unplugged the machine and I went back to sleep.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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A data loss near miss?

He nearly missed loosing all his data, but luckily, he did manage to loose them all :)

There is a trend to use the expression "near miss" with the opposite meaning of what is intended.

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Trailing dot in the FQDN is ignored too

I don't know if it is still the case, but at some stage, Gmail refused to send mail to "john@example.com." but "john@example.com" was OK.

The difference? A dot after the .com bit.

But example.com. (with the trailing dot) is a perfectly valid and resolvable name, why Gmail chosed to ignore it?

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Gmail could prevent from registering an new account when the only difference from an existing account is some more or less dots.

But silently discarding the dots in an email address is *WRONG*, completely fucked up.

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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To stay at the top

You do not realize the amount of efforts it takes to stay at the top and have new article day after day.

Bad news is still news.

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: Ah, the "good old days" ...

Speaking of the good old days... I don't know elsewhere in the world, but in the early 90's, printer ribbon was expensive, here, in Thailand, the original ribbon cartridges with the name of the printer manufacturer (they invented nothing with the astronomical price of the ink cartridges).

So we would buy ribbon refill, pry open the plastic cartridge, trash the old and dry ribbon and install the new ribbon that was delivered in a plastic tube like wrapping. It was a dirty job, fresh ribbon, fresh ink that would stick to the fingers, and to arrange the ribbon in the feed rollers of the cartridge, it was almost impossible to use gloves, you would have not enough feeling.

I think we even experimented with re-inking an old ribbon, but it was not really a usable solution.

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They fixed it!

It tends to show they knew how to remove the ribbon cartridge and install it anew.

And despite that they did not consider installing a new ribbon but they resolved to fix the old one?

Pablo was too nice, he should have taken the printer for repair, one month delay, and charge full price because that's obviously abuse of the equipment.

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FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

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Re: He's right, but no one here will accept it

And of course, the key escrow will never be breached...

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UK.gov cooks up code of conduct to enforce a smidge of security on Internet of S**t kit

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No password reset

Did I read that right? So if the user forget the password, the device is bricked?

That a reset implies the user is forced to choose a new password next time, OK, but no password reset does not sound right.

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My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background

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No computer experience in 2005?

I hardly believe that a Greek company had no computer in 2005.

I went to do their first introduction to using PCs to some faculty in a University in 2008, but that was in Afghanistan, not in the EU.

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Cryptocurrencies kill people and may kill again, says Bill Gates

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Re: Worst argument ever

And buy cigarettes that cause your death by cancer and buy alcohol that cause you kill others when you DUI...

Oh I bet you can also rent an hitman with USD

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: And sometimes the flood is concrete

We had water two meters high in the data center during the great flood of Thailand in 2011. Since then, the data center has been relocated to the upper floor and classrooms are at the lower floor: loosing chairs and tables is not a too big loss.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Boiled Sprouts

"Fry garlic and onions in butter until soft, add some bacon, add sprouts and cook until brown edges. Add chicken stock and black pepper, braise over a high heat until the stock has evaporated and the butter is sizzling again."

all the above, but blanch the sprouts in cold water first to remove the stronger of the taste.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Re: That farmer...

When I came to work in Thailand, in 1993, I made sure to take as many tape cartridges that I could, with all possible software distributions I could find. I new the system would be the same at both old and new place and that it would save me days of transfer on our then 19K internet connection.

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It did happen to me: a kid, quite young I must say, thought the can holder in a car was the tray of a CD player.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Recycle platters from modern hard disks

They are smaller but spin way faster. But when an hard disk dies, I meticulously open it, recover the platters and the magnets. I am not sure what I will do with the magnets, but I plan to build a nice mobile out f them: they are shiny and should sound very clearly when they hit eachother.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: The GFX Card removed

Removing a card from a life PC, I have done it at least once.

During a debugging repair phase, where you swap cards until you find one that works: insert a card turn on the machine, it does not work, turn off the machine, remove the card rinse and repeat. At some stage, I forgot to turn off the machine. I am not sure what the result was, but if I removed it, the card must have been bad already.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: Heating / Aircon

Not sure you'll read it, 3 days after the original article.

Wearing a scarf is a good solution . In fact you need to protect your head, neck, and spine the most. When your body gets cold, it will send warm blood to the essential places listed above, so you will have less blood to warm your hands and feet.

It is not very useful to protect your hands and feet, you better keep the very essential places warm. That's one of the reason why scuba diving wet suits has double layer of neoprene along the spine (triple layer if you count that pants too) and a hood. But you can go bare feet and bare hands.

When you have cold feet, cover your neck.

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That one would have been easy: an urgent maintenance that needs all the rack doors to be open. Dump the junk in the corridor and let the owners deal with it.

Of course, the maintenance will take several weeks.

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Re: Heating / Aircon

This only proves, if needs be, that open office is a stupid idea.

I am alone in my office and never change any setting on the aircond.

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

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Re: A hum

Many Thai names, when transliterated in English, end with p0rn, like Sirip0rn (it does not mean you ask your personal assistant to give you access to smut content).

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Probably because unreadable barcode was resolved into no tape in the slot.

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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

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There have been networking equipment based on FreeBSD for decades.

I have in storage an old RAS (? that thing that concentrates many modems) that is based on FreeBSD 2.2.

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Re: Oreo break? Means they hate you!

Because I won't let you insult andouilette.

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Just a side remark: if you hired someone to train 50 people, you could have inferred that speaker system would needed.

I was once tasked to train a group of people to using Office. I spend some hard time preparing a presentation for MS Office, it turned out they had OpenOffice. Oh well, CRTL+S and CTRL+O worked the same.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: Oh, come on

"K, as do most others, "phone home" quite often. Oh, not to worry, they are all "checking for updates", that's all."

Then get your IT infrastructure set-up correctly. You have a internal server that handle all the updates, so the antivirus on the PC will not phone home And if your PCs carry so sensitive information, they should not be allowed to connect to outside anyway.

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Re: Quite the planning process, this

"Let's see... the last place I worked managed about 8,000 pc's."

You simply forget we are talking about government bodies where buying 8000 licenses of a software takes half a year to negotiate.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Because It's Not Google

"Such use can be a slippery slope to losing your official trademark recognition. Previous examples are: hoover, aspirin; petrol."

It would only show that if they had the edge at some point, they loose it.

If they continue to be at the top, one will always google with Google.

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