* Posts by Blotto

219 posts • joined 14 Sep 2016

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Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

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Re: THe Real Reason

i still get F1 free with my HD subscription, i've not heard so far if thats changing.

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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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Publicise details of what's recorded

It's about time the public learnt just what details our cars are recording about us and our journeys.

Most (if not all) cars from ~2000 onwards are data logging details of our journeys, like an automotive black box. Accident investigators can replay details from moments before an accident occurs and ascertain what you've been up to.

It's about time it was more publicised.

I can see Waze now integrating with obd apps to gain this same brake data and enhance their own service, maybe offer extra points or graphics for enhanced output. Putting even more data in googles hands.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Pint

its about time other non it or manufacturing jobs where outsourced abroad.

Its totally possible for broadcasts to be made from anywhere so why not ship the other functions offshore and just keep the data and associated tech jobs here?

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Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

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Paris Hilton

Do no hm?

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Re: Available but not realistic

@Lotaresco

any links to those 100mbs fibre products that can only be used upto 80 mbops?

never seen anything advertised like that other than Virgin Media advertising 100mbos and beyond.

Also while they state you have to use their rubbish router, its often not impossible (other than on Virgin) to use your own.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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WTF?

Re: Why on earth didn't they just use standard components?

"I buy my organic veg from Waitrose and my electrickery from Ecotricity, but my beer comes from Lidl. :)"

the funny thing is that I get the same eco or un eco electricity as you but I have a contract with the cheapest supplier.

My phone runs over the same airwaves and same providers as yours and was purchased in 2014 yet is still supported by the manufacturer,

in fact the manufacturer have already announced their 2013 model (still supported too) will be compatible with their forthcoming next release.

To me it seems that Global manufacturers producing phones on mass already have a better longevity model than FairPhone, who appear to be just another Android shop with a supposed ethical twist.

Sorry.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Re: Makes me wonder..

Use whatsapp.

I barely send any SMS's now, mainly iMessage and whatsapp.

I had a similar issue a longtime ago with c&w not able to phone to orange. A chat with their senior techs revealed they didn't have the prefix in their call routing system, while it took minutes to fix, it took a lot longer to get someone knowledgeable to look into it.

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

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Advatorial

This whole article was like one long advert for some upstart vendor.

So IOS is secure, but just invade use our crapware too.

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Re: Of course it won't happen anytime soon

the answer is to secure the network the cameras reside on, ensuring the devices never receive the crafted messages that will pawn them.

if your not doing that already then simply sniffing the traffic over port 80 will get you the login and other details anyway.

This would be much more of an issue with IPv6 with all those internal hosts directly addressable on the net without default NAT provided by the current limitations of IPv4.

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Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

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How does it push g.fast further? Faster perhaps, but no mention of further.

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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More high earning radio stars than tv.

It appears to me that radio celebs are being paid more than their tv counterparts, unless of course the tv stars are earning off the direct BBC pay scheme, I.e through production companies commissioned by BBC.

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Re: OK Not to defend the BBC and all...

I think you got that backwards.

Many on the list and a lot more not on the list are paid by production or management companies. Their total salaries including from companies the BBC has paid is not shown.

The excuse is that other BBC companies like BBC America may have paid or part paid. Ultimately it's the BBC that paid so should be included.

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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

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Huge areas depicted, but tiny in the grand scheme of things as shown when zoomed out.

Sad for the family's not knowing after all this time.

Have Malaysian Air had their third bit of bad luck yet?

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Global Switch suffers uptime blips at London Docklands DC

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Re: At least 10 floors for a DC?

single floor, multi floor, pentagon military complex, i really don't think it makes much difference if some nut jobs decide to fly a jet into it.

best to be in an area where a plane is not likely to strike (avoiding airport approaches is an obvious).

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

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At what cost to those that don't want fibre or are happy with adsl or just a phone line?

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Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

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@Charles 9

For the cost of tape, writer and off site storage, you might as well just pay a big cloud provider for space.

How much is a big capacity spiny disc and how much for the same storage online for a year?

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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Re: What can be learned of the crash at this late stage?

the fact we've not seen much debris indicates that the plane likely landed mostly intact and then likely sunk intact.

there are lots of the external pieces of the aircraft that are designed to float in the event of a landing at sea (not float enough for the plane not to sink, but float enough for a debris field).

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

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Re: Fantastic way to make phones unrepairable

@Paratrooping Parot

Ffs, Do you want your portable device to be vulnerable to attack or not?

It's not the phone manufacturers coming up with compromised replacable parts.

Get the genuine oem stuff from the manufacturer or its approved resellers, not the shady cheaper , no recognisable brand thing off eBay arriving from some unknown Chinese seller at a fraction of the price.

It's like when a company outsources their IT to a developing nation, on paper it's the same tasks being performed but we all know the quality will be vastly different, and who knows what back doors are being left wide open exposing company data to all.

I'm reminded of that golf advert, the dealer closing a car door and saying "see it sounds just like a golf", the girl looking back as if to say no chance.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: It only gets worse

We only just dodged a likewise duff candidate this side of the pond, making promises he had no intention of paying for just to give the incumbent a bloody nose.

When you have 2 poor choices then there really is no choice at all.

I do wonder what kind of scary hell we'd be in if Hilary / Jeremy had won their respectives.

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Honda plant in Japan briefly stops making cars after fresh WannaCrypt outbreak

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The virus was not proxy aware so the registered domain didn't work for those who went through a proxy

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BT problems impact Department for Work and Pensions services

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Not just the DWP looking to break large contracts into smaller ones, large parts of Government see it as a way to save cash, also sticking as much of their crap in the cloud as possible is seen as a positive move.

They no longer have the in house skills to manage their IT, having long ago decided they are not IT shops and IT is better managed by IT companies with SLA's that upper management can hold to account.

Its a bit like the NHS and its key targets and stats that just skew the delivery of care to try and satisfy the numbers rather than deliver real patient care.

Government PM's and managers are no match for the sales bods in the giant outsources who promise the earth and deliver little, charging more in consultancy and products to deliver on the promise the agencies thought they where gaining, often at the expense of working solutions.

Companies often earn more out of failures to deliver than they do when they deliver on time and on budget.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Still driving?

@ John,

yes i agree, i assume the camera is mounted at the top of the windscreen in front of the rear view mirror (next to the light sensor for turning the lights on etc) to not obstruct the drivers view and also for a better view of the road. Surly the camera, light sensor and controls for the sunroof or other roof mounted controls going off-line at the same time would trigger an auto pilot off or emergency car stop.

modern cars can tell you when and which bulb is out, electric windows stop closing when obstructions are in their way, aircon changes mode when sunroof or windows are open, modern car alarms listen for the noise of braking glass their mics are often in the ceiling, driver attention monitors monitor driver input, curtain airbags again ceiling mounted firing down checked and primed on car switch on plus lots more sensors who's sudden going offline would indicate a good reason to stop a car.

the above is mainly what i know about my 2011 car (not a Tesla). I'd imagine a more modern car would be similar or have more sensors.

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BMC and CA in agreeable acquisition talks – report

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Re: By having a monopoloy of all options for certain tasks on a MF or legacy platform.

I think you give them more credit than they deserve

They are either a basking shark, feeding on the bits non of the other sharks want, or they're a dog fish acting like a big shark but in reality small and harmless.

They make there money from legacy. They should concentrate on that market, maybe consulting for upgrades or virtualising old tin on new, maybe cloud hosting of legacy kit or something focussed on their core market that their loyal (have little choice) customers may want to spend money on.

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South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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i doubt they have an sla, warranty or provide onsite support. If they do maybe they'd be better off hiring the scammers and binning their owns staff.

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Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

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Big Brother

Dow we not hear about this every year?

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DDN burst buffer to bimble along more briskly after boost

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Re: Not quite blurry enough...

admit it, who else has checked the dvla for that reg too?

https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk

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French firm notches up 50km unmanned drone inspection flight

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Joke

Re: 3G

That's why they are doing this before August.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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I wonder what intel would do if both M$ and Apple went ARM first on their primary os's.

Where is Intel's ARM competitor?

Where is Intel in the mobile phone or tablet space?

Where is intel in discreet gpu?

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Uh-Koh! Apple-Samsung judge to oversee buggy Intel modem chip fight

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Joke

And Virgin in uk?

Will we see similar action against Virgin in the uk?

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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She deserves the the most severe sentence the judge can hand out.

As his girlfriend, at the time he needed support the most, she was encouraging him to kill himself even when he didn't want to.

She is pure evil.......

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Europe to upgrade its continental GPS

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I'm fed up with Strava smartphone users, especially off road, posting great times, kom's etc due to the inaccuracy of the phone GPS that's in their back pack or pocket vs that of say a garmin edge that's mounted on the handlebars with a much better view of the sky.

I've ridden with both a garmin edge 1000 (with wheel speed sensor) and Strava on my iPhone 6 and the 6 constaly shows quicker times, did a ride with someone with Strava on android (in a pocket) and despite him being behind me all the way and me pulling away from him, he managed to beat my kom by a few seconds on his first try.

Smartphone gps is good for approximate positioning, but not as good as a dedicated gps unit which is designed for gps and he designers have spent the bom on gps stuff not smartphone stuff like phone specific antennas, speakers , microphones etc.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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@wolfetone

Did they have macs at school or something?

I vaguely recall a geometry issue where you needed the original machine to read a disc but don't remember a disc compression that only worked with the original hardware. A bit useless as an offsite backup or file transfer as you mention.

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HPE sales slide, profits evaporate... but think of the future, CEO urges

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It's lie IBM and HP in a race to the bottom.

One of the 2 need to do a Corbyn and do a last minute change and hope it wrong foots the other.

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

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huge spec and innovative features like 60ghz 6gbps wireless accessory connection and magnetic attachment do'nt come cheap.

its all good if everyone adopts the same standards, terrible if they are the only ones.

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Millimetre wave.. omigerd it's going nowherrr.. Apple, you say?

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big comms innovators spending billions, el reg commentards adding their 2p

lots saying this wont work, yet the huge comms innovators are betting big on this tech.

If Verizon are saying it solves their last mile problem and are taking it seriously, i can only agree with them. they are putting their future into this tech, it must be working for them to be confident in it.

NTT, ATT, Verizon, Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Ericsson, very successful names, big pockets, they and others see a future in this.............

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Sounds like they had some type of encryption system running, perhaps encrypting their WAN traffic that relies on a central key server that went awol.

Something like a Group Encrypted Transport VPN

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ios-xml/ios/sec_conn_getvpn/configuration/xe-3s/sec-get-vpn-xe-3s-book/sec-get-vpn.html

Very secure but

Loose your key server / config or timings and things go bad quickly,

Loss or delay of replication leading to out of sync data leading to corruption leading to a mess.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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What else has BA poorly maintained?

Their IT should be redundant and resilient, a bit like the critical systems on an aircraft.

If BA have got their IT wrong this basd, whats to say they've got their aircraft maintenance correct?

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Re: Operational Failover is incredibly complex

Ive worked in numerous places, (public and private sector) where the DC's have had to be powered down for 5 yearly electrical testing. Its a complete power down, all systems off, ac off, ups off, geny's isolated etc. Its a pain to manage, eerie walking through silent data halls slowly getting to ambient temp, with the constant worry if what wont come back up.

Full DC power downs are not a rare event.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Pint

Re: these are all a bit weak

@bexley

do you work for IBM?

there's certainly some mind melting levels of incompetence going on there over the last few years.

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Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

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Re: The problem are not 'web' developers.

Keep an older portable version of the browser just for legacy management apps.

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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@AC

"Nothing wrong with them talking to the outside world if that is an essential part of the function - but allow no internal connectivity. Not forgetting a back up of the system to reprime them if the worst happens."

understanding the risk and taking appropriate action

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Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

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@ac

You want to be posting that in the guardian comments section with that frothy nonsense. You'll be gladly received and upvoted galo re in that echo chamber.

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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

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if they think outsourcing will save them money then either they are deluded or doing it really wrong.

they will definitely end up paying more in the end.

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

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"Assume a 2U x 24 drive form factor and we have 2,400TB in 2U, 2.4 petabytes. Stick 40 of these in a rack and we have 960PB, darn close to an exabyte capacity rack."

racks are normally 42u so you'll get 21 of those 2.4 petabyte units in each rack not 40

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Cisco warns: Some products might have WannaCrypt vuln

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@LDS

IOS is derived from Unix / Linux, also they have this thing called IOU, which is IOS On Unix. Cisco are effectively moving their IOS to UNIX where they can, i guess to have a common platform like Juniper does. Its effectively a Unix OS that runs IOS so the original comment wasn't totally wrong, just not all Cisco systems run Unix but it does look like there intention is that all will.

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/blogs/vip-perspectives/2011/04/12/cisco-ios-on-unix-labs-are-available-now

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Ransome code is not proxy aware, kill switch won't work in most enterprises.

the code is not proxy aware and the kill switch would not work in well structured environments where the only access to the net is via a configured non transparent proxy.

Enterprises will need to think a bit harder about how they ensure the kill switch is effective this time. The miscreants wont make this same mistake next time.

Talking about the kill switch is good, wouldn't have taken the miscreants long to work out something was not right anyway.

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Blotto

so the scammers have patched their faulty software and released it.

If only legit software updates could work in a similar way, exploiting vulnerabilities to patch un patched systems.

No one would want to pay for that kind of a service though would they.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Hunt to blame for NHS attack

Is the likely Guardian headline.

After all, according to the ref link, he did cancel MS support for the NHS's ageing XP fleet.

Hopefully this will renew pressure on NHS IT to find a solution to upgrade those ancient os's.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Outsourcing leading to fragmentation and this

This is the unfortunate consequence of constant outsourcing and fragmenting of former internal systems.

If it was all under 1 roof with clear responsibilities it might have still happened but also would have been sorted much quicker.

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Pint

Re: Surprises?

Unified Comms anyone? No handsets just a headset attached to the computer via USB or Bluetooth for the execs.

What could possibly go wrong?

Maybe critical infrastructures should use a separate dedicated network for voice using non compatible with tcp / ip protocols to connect handsets to hardened gateways that can then connect to a providers phone network, but crucially using the same physical connections as the data network.

Maybe that's too radical an idea?

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