* Posts by Olivier2553

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

Olivier2553

Re: Choice of implant location?

Earlier this year, I got myself a bad splinter under the nail of the middle finger. At the hospital, they removed the nail to do a proper cleansing. After that, I had 2 months of fun showing my wounded middle finger around.

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

Olivier2553

Re: The Retro market is big!

I have such hubs, a couple of them, 1xBNC 8xRJ45.

I could send, but I don't know if they still work, nor have I power supply.

I used to have media converter in all sort of fashion AUI/BNC/RJ45, but those I ditched them few years ago.

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Olivier2553

Re: Guilty!

Talking about 25 pins serial cables, I still have a patch module for serial connection, the type where you could build ad-hoc connection by patching this pin to that pin and creating all types of fancy cables.

It has been around since I joined in early 1993.

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DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives

Olivier2553

Re: Bah!

"Oh and the same for cup-holder CD-ROM trays too."

Until you witness it in person...

Kid not used to modern cars and they soda can holders, thought it was a CD-ROM tray...

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

Olivier2553

Re: Thank you Google

I beg to disagree. I have seen two of these extortion messages in my Gmailbox recently and I never fail to browse the spam folder for it way too frequently has false positives that may be of some importance to me.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

Olivier2553

I don't get it. What is a real name? Ramatool or 'tell it like it is'?

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

Olivier2553

Re: Welcome to the club!

"Lesson learned: NEVER decide to "clean up some old files" at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. You WILL look for shortcuts and it WILL bite you on the ass."

Do not do anything of some significance on Friday. At all. Any major change, big operation, etc. must be made by Thursday at the latest, so in case of cock-up, you have the Friday (plus days week-end) to repair it.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

Olivier2553

Department type printers are sure built like a tank. I have a 4300 that is over 10 years old, over 2 million pages, my only problem now is to find toner and maintenance kit.

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

Olivier2553

Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

"America remains on the leading edge economically, scientifically, technologically, and militarily"

What about socially? What good is being the leader in economy science and etc. if it is not to make the society and the people more happy?

"the platoon's only allowed call, to call the parents of their recently killed brother in arms"

Ditto. What good is an army that restrict the calls to the parents of a killed soldier?

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

Olivier2553

Re: You think thats bad

"Seems that medical equipment is literally older than Moses (tm)."

Those who buy medical equipment seems to be arrogant bastards who don't care about details like security, maintenability, life cycle, inter-operability and the sort.

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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

Olivier2553

If so, it is easy, the call should come out with the public general number of the hospital.

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

Olivier2553

Re: Noisy phone lines in building

I would add a couple of comments.

You don't move jacks, you add some at the new position when it is needed. The old ones should remain untouched as they will be used very soon by the new user of the premises.

IT is a support service, like finance is. No department would think about running their own finance, why would they run their own IT? Network infra belongs to IT and can only be managed/maintained by IT.

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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"That depends on the customer's design choice, not on Microsoft."

Yes? But no. What would be the point of going to an external provider if you have to implement all the replication by yourself? The service the cloud is selling *is* the replication and high availability. Else it is a co-hosting, not a cloud.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Olivier2553

What a crazy country you live in where the power is not the same from one building to the other!

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Olivier2553

Re: I find it heartening...

Finding a way to jump the queue and get something that you are not entitled for, and doing so, depriving a colleague from his due, is rather disgusting.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

Olivier2553

Re: All you need is a simple script...

The very first step into installing a security policy is that it is endorsed by the topest brass.

As a security administrator, you cannot do anything if you don't enroll your heirarchy, up to the top of the top.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

Olivier2553

Re: cordless keyboards

You don't have to go back further than 10 years ago: we bought 4 iMac for our comp lab, the bluetooth keyboard would pair randomly if 2 machines were booting at same time...

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Olivier2553

Re: Do you want fries with that?

Yes, I was thinking around an augmented reality helmet that the user would wear while helpdesk would guide him through the procedure.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

Re: Magical policing

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

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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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'

Olivier2553

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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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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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Olivier2553

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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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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'

Olivier2553

Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience

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

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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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?

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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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Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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

Olivier2553

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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