2244 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008
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.
Non repaiable surface..
Microsoft took a page from Apple's playbook.
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.
<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.
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>
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.
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>
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>
Re: New contractor
<quote>Ahh, a "pink slip" then.</quote>
Also known as walking papers.
Here, I thought that has already been done (so to speak):
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
Aren't most websites are created in this manner???
<quote>Office 365? Office
3.65 0.365, more like...</quote>
<quote>Disk shredders are so much fun :)</quote>
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'.
"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>
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.
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.
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.
Re: And what is 5G?
Whatever the Marketing turds make it out to be.
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.
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???
RE: What we are looking at is America in an irreversible decline.
No, we are looking at Making America GRATE Again
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.
Re: anywhere the wind blows
You forgot something!
It is your <sarcasm> tag.
RE: Oracle exec "taking time off"
<quote>It's also possible that he's fighting a very private health battle with a
n 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.
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'.
Re: New depths
<quote>They were sales
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).
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:
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?????
<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?"
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>
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:
Re: The S in IoT stands for security
$DEITY knows that I wish I could give you a lot more upvotes!!!
<quote>In this situation, we should have lifted the speed restriction when our customer reached out to us. This was a customer support mistake. </quote>
This is nothing more than PR BULLSHIT designed to deflect the issue.
Re: RightsCorp, right up there with Prenda
And they should suffer the same fate:
Re: They might as well assume that all Internet users are infringing copyright.
<quote>... your system is going to download them without the owner's permission to store it in cache and so potentially could be considered copyright infringement.</quote>
A very good reason to clear the cache on exit.
RE: "go away" money
<quote>... so they can refuse to settle until offered sufficiently juicy "go away" money.</quote>
Do you mean like these scumbags???
And look what has happened to them. (I hope that son of a bitch gets a lot of jail time.)
Re: The Prisoner of Prenda?
<quote>Contrast this with ACS:Law and the vile Andrew Crossley who leaves a mucus trail behind him wherever he goes.</quote>
I wish I could give you more than one upvote.
Re: Rule 1
<quote>Which is a pain on the one hand - always carrying 2 phones around at work. But on the other hand, it is great, I can turn off the company phone when I leave the office and still be contacted by family and friends on my private phone.</quote>
You forgot the most important part of that practice: IF you leave the company, you leave their phone behind, and they do not have access to your personal information.
My former employer was like this over a decade ago. We knew better than to jump on the BYOD1 fad.
1 Bring Your Own Device, or Bring Your Own Disaster, as you care to see fit.
or his <sarcasm> tag!
Re: I'm not religious, but if it pleases you god, deliver us from this evil
<quote>Just remember that Pence is next in line for the throne.</quote>
God $DEITY can choose to smite him also.
Re: Not in IT...
<quote>The fun of losing institutional knowledge.</quote>
Coupled with the stupidity of Manglement.
RE: bonuses and shareholder value
I wish I could give you a lot more than 1 up vote.
Re: So that's the big deal
How dare you quote
As expressed by someone still sore that those dammed Colonies got away from the Crown so long ago.
Re: Is it important?
<quote>As longs as the final run is short enough</quote>
Maybe not for you, but with anything but a fiber connection at your premises, you are stuck with the realities of copper. And that is throughput, both to yourself, and anyone else sharing your "connection"
With phone lines there are the limitations of DSL and its variants; your connection usually ends up at a DSLAM along with anyone else served by the cabinet. And you have to deal with the telco's backhaul.
With coax, DOCSIS has limitations on the number of upload and download channels. Subscribers on a single cable run share the available upload and download frequencies. Somewhere, those data channels get pulled out, and routed in a functional equivalent to a DSLAM. Where that is done is up to the cable operator. If you are on a strictly cale plant, then it is most likely done at the cable operator's head end. If you have a HFC (hybrid fiber-coax) network, then it is out at some cabinet, and at the end of a fiber line coming from the operators head.
Even with satellite there are speed limitations.
The beauty of FTTP (fiber to the premises) is that those limitations are much higher, and in the right circumstances, your link may go all of the way back to the operator's head. How many home users have the traffic to saturate a 1Gps link?