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* Posts by Fatman

2257 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight


Re: Prediction

<quote>CIMON is going to be "broken" soon. Very soon.</quote>

Or blown out of an airlock!

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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'orange Klown' reference

I had to award one upvote for the reference.

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated


Re: comforting innit.

<quote>We should all hope the cash spigot is left wide open through lack of regulation so executive bonuses can trickle down.</quote>

Trickle down, MY ASS!!!

Do you honestly think the executives are going to share those bonuses???

There will be a giant sink stopper at the drain of the executive level preventing any such "trickle down".

From Motown to lockdown: Detroit bathroom bung IT exec gets one year in the clink

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Re: +1 is never enough for an ED-209 comment.

I gave him one, because I too appreciated the reference.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


Re: The beginning of the end...

<quote>...goodbye MS, you’ve shot yourselves in your feet nuts. Muppets.</quote>


OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets


Considering Ubuntu

<quote>I'll consider Ubuntu when they ship with a Qt based DE as standard...and got rid of systemD.</quote>


Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME


RE: And how do you KEEP it that way? ...

<quote>And how do you KEEP it that way? Especially against both clandestine bridging and PHBs who don't know better?</quote>


"Man Overboard!!!!"

Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids


RE: now bend over and accept judgement !


Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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Re: Maybe

Your suggestion is somewhat incomplete. Here is a more complete version:

<quote>They need a 5Kg percussive maintenance application directed at the PHB's balls.</quote>

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


Re: Arggh no.

<quote>Don't tell me, Lennart Poeterring is involved with Wayland?</quote>

$DEITY, I hope not!!!!

£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data


Re: Mass Dialers

In the USofA, many local school districts use them to inform parents of events at their kids local school.

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?


Re: Is it someones job at El Reg just to work on punny headlines?

Sometimes it is so bad, you can almost "see" the sarcasm expressed.

But, then again, I am a sarcastic son of a bitch.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator


Management """Tools"""

<quote>And you tell me just what management tools he has at his disposal.</quote>

IF it is like a former mangler I had to endure, those tools are:

1) a big mouth, and

2) steel toed work boots.

If the use of tool #1 doesn't achieve the desired result, then judicious use of tool #2 to your ass usually does.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own


Re: Deinstall Win 10?

<quote>Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.

I'd rather be able to remove the entire OS - i.e. all of the cruft.</quote>

It is simple, just get a Linux Live CD.

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one


Non repaiable surface..

Microsoft took a page from Apple's playbook.

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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RE: leasing hardware

Some one else who gets it.


Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...

<quote> Does not take long to buy the hardware ... at $156/month.</quote>

You are right, it doesn't.


In the USofA, no thanks to the Tax Laws, you run into the old debate - CAPEX vs OPEX.

Buy it outright for (let's use a round figure of) $3700. That's $3700 straight out of your pocket (and possibly out of current profits), and you have to depreciate it over its expected lifespan. Assume a residual value of $100 at the end of a 36 month lifespan; you get to 'write down' the value by $100/monthly. Again, assume that you bought it in early January, and your first year writedown is only $1200. You have to carry the remaining $2400 as an asset, and can not depreciate it until year 2 and 3 before it no longer benefits from a depreciation schedule. If that $2400 came from profits, then guess what - you pay taxes on it! Only in year 2 and 3 do you get the benefit of the previous expenditure. That depreciation goes against profits from year 2 and 3.

Contrast that to a lease - leases and a straight expense, written off as a business expense as they are incurred. No taxes paid on those writeoffs.

Now you have some inkling as to why beancounters want to shift as much CAPEX into OPEX as they can get away with.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast


"""Spending Money"""

<quote>Plus, the beancounters prefer spending money on fixing tomorrow than on digging today because digging is more expensive in the short run and nobody knows what the long run is anymore.</quote>

Today's MBA induced mentality is to always think in short term objectives (e.g. next quarter), you will not be around to reap the rewards of any long term thinking, as it is likely you will be gone in 5 years.

Second, there is that good old debate over CAPEX vs OPEX.

It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit


Re: Humanity is doomed

<quote>We need a purge of these loons, hunt them down ruthlessly, lock them up for good put a bullet into the back of their head.</quote>



Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD


Re: The above is all well and good if you're running a business

Not all businesses have on staff IT people; and are reluctant to spend the money to have updates applied. So it becomes a case of fucked if you do, or pwned if you don't.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth


RE: Um - 1900 was a Leap Year (it's divisible by 4 but not by 400).

In a word - NO, it was not.

<quote>Um - 1900 was a Leap Year (it's divisible by 4 but not by 400).</quote>


Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award


Re: Damn, I thought IBM had the title of the worst company ever.

<quote>...but it used to be a pretty decent company and it is nowhere near up to the standards held aloft shat upon by Oracle, SAP et al.</quote>


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


Re: New contractor

<quote>Ahh, a "pink slip" then.</quote>

Also known as walking papers.

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins


Orbital cleaning

Here, I thought that has already been done (so to speak):

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls


Re: Poor FCC Commisioner Rosenworcel. She will now be inundated and the carriers will laugh.

<quote>I'm not sure if this is still the case, but in the US aren't mobiles charged for receiving calls as well as making them?</quote>

One word answer - YES!

And $DEITY help you if you are on a plan that provides X minutes per month because you do not need an """unlimited""" plan. Overages are a BITCH!

Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet


Re: Shock

Aren't most websites are created in this manner???

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases


Re: Commitment

<quote>Office 365? Office 3.65 0.365, more like...</quote>


Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale



<quote>Disk shredders are so much fun :)</quote>


Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V


Re: I'm still running 14.04 on my laptop

<quote>Over the 8 years I have had complete hell of updates and failures on some other Windows machines I unfortunately took responsibility for...</quote>

You should never take responsibility for any Windows machines, because you do not """own""" the operating system. Microsoft does. You only get to use it as Microsoft sees fit.

And Microsoft does not give a shit if you encounter 'problems'.

Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform


"Reviews" on e commerce sites

A simple rule to follow:

Never believe that the review posted is both fair and accurate, and always assume it is a paid placement.

You can not go wrong if you follow that example.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


You left out a few words...

<quote>They will be closed until the scientists support the theory that the sun shines out of the US President's ass.</quote>



You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it


Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?

At my former employer - it was mandated that desktop machines be shut down at the end of the day.

If it isn't powered up, then it can not be pwned during the overnight/weekend hours.

This policy arose from an incident where an executive left his machine on, and it was infected with malware. Those behind the attack had the whole weekend to surf out or internal network. Cleaning up the mess was one of the reasons why we ditched Windows, and went to Linux. The other being a nastygram from the BSA that was quite costly.

Former Detroit IT boss sent down 20 months for bathroom bung bonanza


Re: Take him to ... Detroit!

And put him to work cleaning up the city, literally.

Detroit is loaded with abandoned buildings that are falling apart, so really make him pay "his debt to society" in the form of manual labor.

Xero needs a hero as business accounting site takes morning off



I point to incidents like this one as reasons why you should not go to the cloud.

But penny pinching manglers never learn.

One mangler I once worked for bought that hype, hook line and sinker. So that company went off to the cloud against my advice. Cue one cloud failure, and people were sitting there unable to do their jobs, and said mangler starts screaming: "Do something!!!!!" I did. I handed him my letter of immediate resignation, packed up and walked out. A few days later he calls me up sheepishly wanting to know if I would 'come back'.

The answer was a terse: "FUCK YOU!!!" and I hung up. 'Fix it your own goddam self' was my attitude.

Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis


Re: And what is 5G?

Whatever the Marketing turds make it out to be.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages


Re: We do the same thing

<quote>I just make sure I have paper copies of the emails bringing up these issues. I will eventually need them!!</quote>

Keep that CYAWP file up to date. You never know when you will need it; to send a clueless mangler packing, hopefully without severance pay.

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


RE: Control freak boss....

<quote>On one occasion he went to sail his yacht around the Caribbean leaving us unpaid for several weeks after the date we were supposed to be.</quote>

His first name would not happen to be Larry???

$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs


RE: What we are looking at is America in an irreversible decline.

No, we are looking at Making America GRATE Again


It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge


Re: My solution.

<quote>what's the point of having something in a motor vehicle offering so many threat vectors</quote>

To meet the demands of Marketing.

Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered


Re: anywhere the wind blows

You forgot something!

It is your <sarcasm> tag.

Is someone chopping onions? Oracle cloud boss bids colleagues emotional farewell

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RE: Oracle exec "taking time off"

<quote>It's also possible that he's fighting a very private health battle with an uncertain foreboding prognosis.</quote>

He might be facing a situation where he has been told that you have X amount of time left; and he plans to step aside to enable his team to continue forward, and he can make the best of the time left.

In any regard, I hope I am wrong on that one.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown


RE: Cue angry phone call to support:

<quote>DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM ?!??

Oh yesFucking right, we do.</quote>



Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

<quote>Go a bit harsher... his payouts will be into a TSB account.</quote>

And, for added (pleasure) discomfort, those accounts will experience random periods of 'unavailability'.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: New depths

<quote>They were salespeople weasels.</quote>


Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!


Re: Patch Issues

<quote>There is actually no practical excuse for not patching personal computers and servers. Most of our machines are windows based and for the most part patches have gone without issues.</quote>

You seem to possess a selective memory. I (painfully) recall a day at the office when, after Windows had updated itself, everything broke.

Manglement was screaming about lost productivity, and placing the blame at my foot. After two frantic days, I was able to get their systems back on line. What didn't help was the constant carping of "When are we getting back to work?"

I learned two valuable lessons that day

1) FUCK Microsoft and Windows and in general, and

2) Get a new job.

As a result, I embraced the penguin (and very rarely regretted it), and I went to work for a company where the soon to be CIO actually knew about IT, and wasn't a transplanted MBA (Mainly Brainless Asshole).

Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17


Re: no surprise

<quote>the "Nasty Idiot" tattoo would make them so much easier to avoid.</quote>

So that is why the Basterds carved swastikas on the foreheads of Nazis in the film Inglorious Basterds?

Here is the clip:

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


Re: Ahhh, memories...

<quote>We have to deal professionally with the fools who are a nuisance and shit all over us...</quote>

Are you speaking about Manglement?????

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud


Re: But...

<quote>The real crap will come when DWSD realise they're deep in the brown stuff and they can no longer get out...</quote>

But, the real question is: "Will that CIO be in charge the day they finally realize that Oracle has them by the balls?"

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!


Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

<quote> It can get pretty nasty if two Cabinet departments become at odds, especially if one of them is Defense. I would think a counter to the threat of rubber gloves would be a threat to have a serious talk at the Pentagon a secluded Cuban resort about how TSA handles its people.</quote>



Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker


Re: This is serious business

<quote>Mindless following orders is not always a good thing - look at history and the atrocities that leads to.</quote>

Don't forget some of the punishments handed out at Nuremberg for those convicted at the tribunal.

For the yoou who didn't study History:

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