* Posts by Happytodiscuss

7 posts • joined 2 Dec 2018

Infor is now a Koch company: Megacorp swallows cloud ERP outfit after investing billions in early-stage funding


Koch, Infor, and the acquisition

Except for the fact Infor has a number of specialized applications such as those for Aerospace, Automotive, Process Industries, Project Industries, Configure and Quote, Microsoft is totally (not) their equivalent.

Cloud computing was a godsend for Infor because it alleviated and concealed some of the difficulties inherent in ERP premise implementations, reduced customization risk, and obfuscated differing code bases. Infor grew through aggregation of different specialized software for different industries developed by different specialized suppliers, and mainly those that were on the periphery of greatness at one time, like Baan for example.

I see this as a support revenue play with ancillary benefits accrued through Koch Industry adoption (home-cooking) of the software for their own businesses. Secondly, and for a short period of time (until their competitors that use Infor software migrate to other software), Koch having insight into their own and new industries and common practices of those companies they may wish to emulate viewed from the other side of the mirror.

Smart play especially as the US increases the Buy American mantra.

How to fool infosec wonks into pinning a cyber attack on China, Russia, Iran, whomever


Re: Don't we? Load the tubes we're going home boys

In retrospect its clear that the Lusitania was carrying arms to Liverpool. It is unclear that the u-boat captain knew about the arms.

It was clear, or at least the fog cleared on the last day of their time in the Irish Sea on that tour, and the Germans had been chasing other ships to sink when they came across the Lusitania, and fired the last of their torpedoes.

Happy as clams, the u-boat exited the Irish Sea back to their home port on that day. That captain was later killed themselves I think.

Arrogance, ignorance, and brutality to spare I would say, on both sides.

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack


Well, there is the matter of Bezos versus Trump

I am not saying that the US participated in this DDoS but that The US DOD just chose (Thursday) Azure after a review of the original Amazon award supposedly initiated by the white house.

The idea of a state level actor affecting what we assume is the most durable and reliable Cloud service peopled by world class experts, does make one wonder about what the heck is going on, and if a Trump 'friend' is amplifying the big man's malevolent wishes for Bezos.

Yeah more of this stuff coming I'm afraid.

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules


Having studied the adaptation of the Class 7 and 8 diesel engine class to the phased in standards for diesel emission compliance defined by the EPA/CARB for American truck and engine manufacturers, I can say there was considerably more damage to the environment through cheats and exclusions over the duration of the American 13 and 15 liter engine program from 1998 until I completed my work in 2014 than ever caused by the VW group.

While none of the American engine makers or truck manufacturers attained the same level of duplicity for the same duration of time using the VW method, on a far greater number of liters of diesel fuel, their crimes were either made lesser through government complicity or greater through the allowance of misrepresentation (lying) and obfuscation. For many reasons VW was prosecuted but the crime to the environment was done by American manufacturers.

France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban


Re: Evidence of Five Eye arrest, now an Ozzie

Consider this your first Ozzie alert:


Question, whose router shoulders the bulk of filtering activity for the Chinese firewall?

Open up the Chinese firewall, open up their markets, and we'll open up our markets...how is that for a potential solution?

As for the Canadian sentenced to death. Let's say that it needs to be considered highly unusual that once sentenced to 15 years for a crime however despicable, that you are re-sentenced to death upon further consideration? Really? Not really kosher is it?

Huawei, Nortel...for Canadians its hard to tell the difference. Did you hear the story of how a top secret ministry of the Canadian Government was going to move into the abandoned offices of Nortel in Ottawa but scrapped the plan because they couldn't determine with absolute certainty that electronic listening devices weren't still broadcasting from within the actual concrete structure itself. It appears that Huawei may have applied their advanced knowledge of wireless backhaul to hauling back records of the daily work done within those buildings. Admittedly it could have been Cisco...let's say it was both.

Then there was the Chinese hack of the NRC...and Canada's 'chops' as a power in wireless.

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat


Hyperbolic Assertions and Criticisms Justified or Not?

I assert that none of us has an idea of the complete truth of the matter before us. The issue has become technical, cultural, political, historical (alright NORTEL had its intellectual property in the wireless to wired bidirectionality stolen by someone and maybe everyone), and commercial one.

We are a 'five-eye' that has just been threatened by China that our citizens (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-canada-rebuffs-chinese-warnings-of-repercussions/) will be further punished if we don't allow Huawei to remain selling into our market. There are a number of individuals' fates held hostage to ensure that we understand the clear and present danger of not allowing Huawei to continue supplying into our market.

Question, is Microwave backhaul the real primary competitive advantage for Huawei in the 5 G wars? Our sparse spaces would provide discontinuities for any potential mesh design using Huawei if that is the case. Is Russia buying from Huawei?

Question, would the legacy university research ecosystem for Bell Northern, NORTEL and Blackberry provide advanced insight into the wireless/telecommunications domain even today? Huawei is spending a considerable amount of effort investing in our universities driving innovations and advancements, and because our research programs don't demand that IP ownership remain within our borders as a precondition for government research dollars, Huawei is using our gold for their benefit.

Question, from your perspective, would you vote that this 'five-eye' vote 'aye or nay' to allowing Huawei access to bidding on our network needs or should they be barred?

It's 'nyet' again, yet again, for Kaspersky: Appeal against US govt ban snubbed by Washington DC court


Kaspersky the AV engine in ZA Extreme Security poses a quandry

Having used Symantec and McAfee in the past, I settled on the paid edition of ZA. In reading the fine print (again recently) I see that ZA's Extreme Security edition does in fact use the Kaspersky AV system for AV.

Now I trust CheckPoint to be CheckPoint, and there is no doubt in my mind that some data is being harvested from the Firewall component of the package to bulk up its knowledge of the (un)known universe. I appreciate that I can articulate my inbound and outbound data preferences as I wish to control this flow because I am running layered firewalls.

I would (did) not buy Kaspersky because as it turned out I had three (former Soviet) Russian engineers working for my Internet company beginning in the early nineties through to 2000, and I trusted them to be Russian. This means take a tea break at 10 and 4, engineer for re-purposability (object oriented discipline), solve complicated problem with simple, effective solutions, and take 'their' source code with them each day. They were brilliant and well educated, and therefore above my paygrade to characterize them as being crooked and/or pro_russia. I recognize that I paid their wages and was entitled to keep the source code of applications they developed on the company's behalf, so I was taking a risk? I didn't buy Kaspersky was my response.

My company implemented CheckPont firewalls in the nineties.

However Kaspersky working alongside ZA and operating within their framework? I am still in shock a little bit (having just discovered this recently), perhaps denial, and haven't pulled the plug on ZA yet. Indecision is, the only times I have detected malcode on a machine under my purview, the computer (users) were running Symantec or McAfee and naturally not performing regular updates, practicing unsafe surfing, and using mickey mouse routers. Secondly, ZA paid service is obscure from the mainstream. Third, geopolitically speaking, I believe that there is sufficient mistrust between Israel and Russia and with the source residing within CheckPoint (and Kaspersky's commercial interests in financial survival) to defeat the massive trojan hypothetical that Kaspersky AV residing within CheckPoint's framework poses. Fourth, Russia expelled and exported a significant number of clever, motivated (Soviet educated) engineers to Israel in the early 90's sufficient to start an extremely successful software industry which included sufficient technical talent to control any bad actor.

I am going to keep my ZA for now.

Opinions on my approach?


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