* Posts by Giovani Tapini

320 posts • joined 11 May 2018


Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: Here I am ...

Maybe spend some time with the doors. They may make you happier

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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You appear to be assuming that intelligent life exists at all...

New Zealand health boards write down losses on Oracle implementation

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Re: New Sydney Healthscope Hospital

JIT for a hospital does not sound a very good idea at all regardless of implementation. Especially if that is apparently involving medical supplies.

A factory running out of materials is expensive, and annoying but is not life and death.

Medicine is a great source of what may be "characterised" as unpredictable workloads in their speak. It is not a production line, like the delivery of toilet roll or catering supplies. I certainly would not want to be the one saying, "sorry madam we couldn't save him, the supplies needed were stuck on the motorway"

Sounds to me like the model is doomed to fail regardless of software and comes right back to poor management decisions.

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Re: Worn out road to the bank


So you want to become the next POTUS?

App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform

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Do you still have to licence all your data source systems downstream?

Anyone using this platform is probably at risk of having to licence the entire internet...

Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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I wonder if this level of service will be extended

to physically breaking hardware. It sounds like it may be only a matter of time...

Ex-Intel engineer tried to make off with 3D XPoint secret sauce on his way to Micron, says Chipzilla

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Re: Personnel data?

And I ask myself, what did he want with the personnel data? was it to help him poach colleagues? Was it to allow him to stalk Emma from accounts? Was he just sucking up everything he had access too "just in case".

I wonder if he was not really getting on well with his bosses, or if he is just a digital kleptomaniac... I feel sure there is a part 2 to this story that hasn't come out into the light yet.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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A consultant to consultants

That sounds a great job.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Gold rush...

Lawyers make money too, never forget the lawyers.

In this case they will be defending the entrepreneurs (snake oil salesmen) and the customers (the naïve)

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

It was Canada, so micro uzi not allowed I am afraid..

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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At one place I worked, they had speeded this up

by occasionally deleting user profiles along with all setting, data, documents etc then insist line manager re-requests all your access from scratch. Far quicker than re-imaging a laptop while creating similar feelings of loss and hopelessness in the user (although that included us techies, grrr)

I never did find out if this was BOFH behaviour or simple incompetence though.

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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Re: Let's be fair to MS (thought experiment)

[They don't know about sites like this where prudent people will sit back after an update is released and what breaks or test it themselves.]

What, you think techie muggles should asking for help here? They'll get 105 downvotes and about 30 sarcastic remarks before someone posts a link to a fix or simply says, you shouldn't have done that ... Dave...

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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Re: What has the world come to...

Careful, you may retain your intergalactic velocity, and being just outside the door you may find yourself flying towards the queue. It may be a useful way of making sure there is no crowd stopping the other passengers from getting off though, just try to make sure the crater is not too big...

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

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Re: Fewer Things Better

I didn't think it was possible for the company to be better at doing less - that is after all their overall business model.

doing better, also translates to "enforcing confusing contract wording to be able to get away with more in spite of doing less"

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No way I would work for somewhere that operates on lowest bid basis

That is not architecture, it is bodge and run and hope for charging for upgrade projects later.

In my experience fully outsourcing networks is a sure path to expense and disaster. Its just a question of time...

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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they should have simply swapped out the laptop

If it was a prank, bullying may have had some credibility... It does not sound like that was the case though. I know that helldesks often try to keep people offline for a day or so while they replace a drive which can make people rage temporarily.

If indeed she was supposed to be working on security related stuff they probably should be assuming the device has been compromised anyway, not just faffing with re-installs.

Sounds like a combination of helldesk processes being flawed along with a grumpy trainee

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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Re: the data is flawed

wifi - overshared - cheap ad ridden proxies - poor deployments at scale, can however create a private network and secure it yourself

5g - expensive - crap back haul moving bottleneck back but not eliminating it. - cant create a private network with it, security based on provider trust only.

I'm sorry I don't think 5g is in a position to start roasting yet, particularly while it remains the preserve of telco's

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert

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Trusting advice on the internet...

Anyone that trusts what the internet says blindly is, frankly, asking for trouble.

Even technical advice for problem solving, although often helpful, is often resolving a problem that is only "similar" and therefore the solution may either be ineffective or add to the problems you have.

I rarely find advice that directly matches the situation I encounter, or relates to the same combination of software versions I am running.

Unless what you read is close to, aha, I would have thought of that eventually, you may want to get a second opinion...

Outside the techie world there is a great deal of "advice" which is positively malicious too, and plays the gullible to brick their devices, and remove their data...

Giovani Tapini

Re: Exam question.

I was given a test with 100 questions on it, where the last one said, all you needed to do was fill in your name and hand it straight back. Many people were still working through it an hour later...The tutor thought the whole process was hilarious.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Click bait

I missed the computer by a whisker while choking on my lunch reading this.

Black(out) Friday for HSBC: iOS and Android banking apps on the fritz

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Always-on and also Always-changing

This is not a great combination for reliability therefore I am not astonished, unlike the committee.

Comparison sites cry foul over Google Shopping service

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"Price Comparison" sites are not always consumer friendly either

They range from ad-spamming relinking sites, to shills, to pay to get listed models. Even relatively well behaved sites like u-switch have in the past been caught out for not providing a level playing field.

Insurance companies put different prices on comparison sites than they do to direct customer too, for example.

The whole area is a minefield for non-savvy consumers, and even if google provided no shopping service at all I am certain that this would be engineered into becoming a google issue anyway. Why are you listing site shilledprices.com over clickbaitcomparisons.com when the direct supplier with the lowest price is 10 rows down the list.

As far as I am concerned this action is just one fragment of a wider issue which will simply result in a differently confused proposition for consumers.

Word boffins back Rimini Street in Oracle row: 'Full' in 'full costs' is a 'delexicalised adjective'

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US Litigation is bonkers

That is all

Real talk: You're gonna have to get real about real-time analytics if you wanna make IoT work

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What I find fascinating

is the more we work towards unstoppable, data loss sensitive systems, the less the developers of said systems realise you need some sort of hot maintenance functionality for all layers of the implementation stack. The objective of build for deployment, not build for sustain becomes a much greater issue in this scenario.

In many cases of me looking at pitches for these platforms as soon as I ask how to I keep it supported the fixed sales smiles are rigid and answers of "we'll get back to you" start coming out.

Perhaps I am just getting old and fussy, but the old issues have not really gone away...

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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Like an elephant getting out of bed

that made me laugh out loud and my team gave me one of their funny looks...

Have a beer for that one

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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You may be right, but before you can raise the CR to remove it, you first would have to get it added to the CMDB before you can raise the change. You wont be able to get it on the CMDB because you don't know what it connects to and what services it runs.

this could go on for some time...

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Re: Encryption?

Re: And my pals in Moscow are very happy with them as well.

The Russians don't need any more broken sub designs.... they are just trolling...

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

Giovani Tapini

Re: "Computer science boffins"

You mean that is not the case?

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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Turning it off and on again

Is how people OUTSIDE Microsoft have been managing their technology for a decade or two now...Nice to know they are starting to keep up with the rest of their customers.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

I apologise for the dodgy apostrophe but I couldn't edit the post by the time I noticed it.

I shall remove myself for commentard quality self flagellation forthwith...

Giovani Tapini

Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

I got my manager to buy the coffee's once...

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

Giovani Tapini

Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

Aha, then you can explain to my cat why she should not hold down the lock with one paw, and claw open the door with the other, thus defeating the locking mechanism. If I need the cats to stay in for some reason I have to put something in front of their door, not just lock it!

My cat is the engineer and has one up on you!

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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What I find really depressing

is the basic nature of the issues. These are not issues with specific drivers, old hardware, or other unusual configurations. How TF do you break mapping drives which frankly even many home users do. Never mind removing access to personal files and deleting them etc.

With an OS that seriously objects if you don't apply all the latest patches because it's trying to be a service it is even harder to dodge the tripwires being added to the platform. I don't want workarounds at an enterprise scale either. That may be OK for a techie at home or a small business with a techie, but when you are talking thousands of seats of both non technical, and access restricted staff these become a serious issue.

Microsoft will kill their own business if the as-a-service model destroys more than it creates. Note to M$ slow down your release cycle, and start testing if you want to keep credibility and customers.

Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for

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Dr Who quote needed

I'm going to sit back and drink my "noxious infusion of oriental leaves" (tom baker) and watch the IBM effort.

What I find most amusing is that Oracle are complaining about their own usual behaviours.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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The obvious and fundamental problem is

That Autopilot, is not an autopilot.

If it was called something else the level of scepticism and the gap between expectation and reality would be substantially narrowed.

Based on the issues described, even if you still have hands on the wheel AKA normal cruise control, it can make unexpected decisions so quickly even a human can struggle to correct it in time.

It is an interesting technology but does not work well when roads and other human drivers are not (and probably cannot in all cases) be optimised for fully automated driving.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: So what?

@AC even a few seconds of music can attract the bot blunderbuss, even if it is incidental as in your case. It makes posting anything involving gaming, out at the fairground or shopping, night out etc almost impossible.

How many public spaces now have background muzak in the background. The blunderbuss does not work, nor is it identifying real pirated content. I've seem TV programmes simply modified with a picture frame to avoid the controls.

To be fair on google they will probably always be behind in the arms race, copyright holders should also not insist on nitpicking a few seconds of background in otherwise entirely non violating content.

I can't see either side reaching a satisfactory conclusion though.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Re: In full respect to the article wording...

I am not Alistair Dabbs. I am still working out if I should take that as a compliment or insult though!

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In full respect to the article wording...

While the town "pines" for a more respectably sized tree, this story resin-ated with me as other towns have gone through this in recent years. I find that in some cases the people have actually got a point, so its no wonder they start needling the council.

The problem is that if there is too much girth you cant fit it into the hole. If there is too much length it starts getting wobbly and cannot maintain its erection. My wife tells me that tinsel is too scratchy and irritating leaving me with just the balls for decoration.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: If only

Have a thumb up, although in this case this is more likely to be the slow boat "from" China instead

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Clippy - on - rails

that is all

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

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"near shoring"

I assume this means shipping the cheap staff in for short term exploitative contracts rather than having them sit in their own sweatshops...

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

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Re: There's no excuse...

@severus "It's unforgivable that banks do not enforce two factor authentication..."

I'd very much like to agree with you but the general public think 2FA is a time consuming annoyance, to the point where people even change provider to avoid it.

As far as I am concerned its a 2FA is great, but good luck in making it the norm. Don't forget that with "open banking" people are even authorising third parties to operate banking on their behalf. Technically, fairly secure but the more doors you have into your account the more likely one of them is to be compromised.

People seem to have forgotten that digital currency is still currency just like old school cash but its now just an "app".

The Register translates VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader

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@Bongojoe - aimed at clueless bosses that wilt every time a new buzzword flies past their ears. Their wallets magically open, then come back to tell you what magic they have paid for that you can't find a use-case for.

even with the limited quotes in the article you could have scored a full house playing BS Bingo never mind listening to hours of it...

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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In my experience

Good coders have a good approach that is far more important than knowing syntax for an arbitrary programming language used in an exam.

Seeing code does not necessarily demonstrate a good approach, only that you managed to get something to work (or compile).

I am of two minds on this, but I am disappointed that the only reason this is a debate is that the schools teaching computing don't have enough to run the exams and therefore same probably applies to the underlying teaching also.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: Drive firmware updates?

An update may be OK on a desktop or laptop, but I can't imagine doing this on a large disk array or storage device. Given the problem is at drive level not at the OS layer I would expect the solution to be a bigger issue than the problem.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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This seems quite irresponsible

ET probably has rules about blinding pilots with lasers same as we do. Also surely by the time ET notices the transmission (possibly an eye popping sight) the signal will have passed.

I can't imagine an ET using laser as an interstellar transmission medium though. Apart from the speed-of-light delivery there are far too many things to disrupt and weaken the signal over long distances.

So as above, the only response this is likely to generate is a knock at the door from the interstellar police asking if we can turn off the laser, hand it over, and be forced to listen to vogon poetry for a few hours...

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

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Re: My boss was demonstrating the instrusion sensors on our building

@Anonymous South African Coward... A Terminator as a burglar alarm. That's not really using the T1000 to its cost effective extent...

Apart from being an IoT system due to the need to connect to Skynet, surely it can eliminate the need to sound the alarm, by simply er, terminating the intruders.

I would not be happy with the risk of the spherical elimination of material and subsequent fires that its deployment creates. I am not convinced that this solution is better than the problem.

I do like the idea of having my own Terminator though, "Hasta La Vista Baby..."

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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the English language's infuriating but amusing propensity to conjure ambiguity out of thin air

Have you ever looked at Chinese? Get someone to walk through a character by character translation of almost anything (i.e. not google translate) and you will see what I mean...

We do however have a propensity for looking for double meanings...

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

Giovani Tapini

Re: This is silly

It's not that silly - historically at least I always preferred KDE.

In an enterprise environment the choice of GUI can be limited but then again in an enterprise you are probably mostly using shell and a selection of external management tools.

Using Linux as a desktop environment rather than just a server GUI though KDE was a good choice. The challenge is will KDE survive being just a desktop GUI?

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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He may be Indian (CBA to check his background) but he is certainly not funny...


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