575 posts • joined 11 Feb 2016
Cloud based services
They're great and I genuinely think they're the way forward but they're just not 100% there yet. I think that huge strides are being made and these are just teething problems as we all adjust to the new world, however we as customers need to use these services in tandem with our own on-prem, securing our own data and making sure we're fully ready before we make the complete move.
The least funniest joke ever
This whole Saudi affair is just the most blatent and obvious example of what utter bollocks world politics really is sometimes. Too much money at stake, all we in the West can do is wag our fingers at those naughty boys in UAE for going a tad too far during their ( ahem ) "failed interrogation", 'cos anything more harsh is said and with the stroke of a diamond encrusted pen billions of much needed cash being spent by the UAE on goods from the West just disappears and goes elsewhere in the world.
If you ever needed to be reminded of how tiny and insignificant a working class drone you really are, this is it. You're a nothing and nobody compared those with their hands on the reins of power, they're like a playground clique that runs the show, so get on and dance monkeys 'cos that's all we're good for.
Not if you're allergic and and they make you violently sick! Hated them as a kid, forced to ensure them I never felt right. As an adult my reaction one Crimble was to eat 2 and then get to see my entire Crimble din-dins all over a again and spend the next hour lying on the sofa feeling like death warmed up, itching, sweating and shaking. I later learned my Dad doesn't eat them either as they make him feel sick too.
My body sees all the goodness in the little green sods as a threat to my immune system and I break out in sweats, itchiness and vomitting. I can't even stand the smell when my wife cooks cruciferious veggies like cabbage. We have to agree for me to be out of the house when my family wants to eat them!
Time to quit
These companies were formed by college kids, it was fun when it started but now 10-15 years later Facebook, Twitter, et al are still being run by silly kids who never really grew up. They saw money in selling us, the users, as just commodities and while their founders live in mansions and drive Ferraris, we have to live with the mess they've made of our privacy.
Stop using them now and get a life.
Re: stairs and hallways lights...
"but in Ol' Blighty household lights that can be switched on/off in two places"
One of the first things my Dad taught me about home electrics was how those types of circuits work and how easy it is to get confused by what's happening. He told me this because he has at least 3 stupid stories from when he was a very young PFY working for his mate, with one story ending up with him having to going home early with a very, very large headache after coping a full load off an unchecked live.
What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?
"The (Karl) Marx Brothers"?
Sounds like the Ruskies have been studying such great Western culture as "Spies Like Us" and "The Piglet Files" as references to how to run a secret service organisation! What a bunch of muppets!
On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others
Jobs: "Yous get ought for nouht in't life!"
The one thing Jobs remimds me is, "Don't be a sucker!".
He was a bastard, to his mates, to his family to his employees but not in a nasty, vicious way, in a "You need to learn life is shit and nothing comes for free, if you stay on the ball though then you will not get fleeced and things will be alright.".
Re: Yet another opportunity
Must be draughty up in the ivory tower Dr Sheldon Cooper!!
God forbid some secondary school kids in a computer lesson get to learn some hands on basics about AI using something easy to get started like Python and a downloadble package for free.
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Cheers! Another country scratched off my list.
Sod it, think I'll stick to my UK camping hols for the foreseeable as trying take any kind of tech into another country now automatically seems to label you a a peado, terrorist or simple criminal.
At least in this country I'm on home turf so when the Plod finger me and demand passwords I know you'll get a nice cushy cell at Parkhurst with a TV and 3 squares a day, and not "banged up the slammer" in some foreign jail praying your family can find you a local brief who speaks your lingo.
Sounds too much like "Fun-gineer" to me!
One of those annoying words like "re-imaging", where anyone caught using them in a serious context in public should taken to the stockade for a face full of rotten veg!
Got you beat, my story begins with "My Wife's...."
My Wife's system needed rebuilding, so I took a backup of my wife's photo library, something that has 120 years of family history and 110,000 images....
Long story short I had to pay £10 for a partition recovery software which recovered 98% of the drive and my wife will not let me touch anything on her machine unless she has taken all her own backups first!
My heart didn't stop my wife threaten to make it stop, permanently if those photos didn't come back and as any married man will tell you, "Hell hath no fury like a wife who's let he husband touch and break something she treasures."
Re: the Disturbed cover of the song is absolutely worth checking out
Bands get time to refine a song when they cover it at the end of their set every night for years, look at what Metallica did with "Am I Evil?", that got Tatler and co. back together and Diamond Head toured and released more material.
Personally I liked Disturbed's version of Land of Confusion by Genesis. Dramen, Disturbed's singer is a very well spoken ( watch the video where is berates an audience member for looking at their phone for the whole gig, hilarious! ) and Dramen has very distinctive diction when he sings and this lends so much punch to his vocals.
"So in the UK you have to stand there breathing in the carcinogenic fumes from the evaporating petrol generated by the hot British sunshine ?"
Yeah, one of those things happens so very, very rarely that it's statistically a non-issue!!
They've had so many cockups, this is not news.
Given the primary business of Facebook is collect data and hand it out willy-nilly to anyone willing to pay for it, I think the phrase "Facebook security" is the ultimate oxymoron.
Is it really news that yet again Facebook has been compromised? They hand out any data they collect like free handjobs from a £10 dollar hooker on a street corner. They cause nothing but misery to those addicted to their mornic presence on the internet. They allow ne'er do wells to lurk in their site, uploading sh*t propaganda and images of abuse. They insert their vile hooks into websites that don't belong to them. Run by an upstart little turd who's bascially won a lottery and whom barely understands what working in the real world is, pretends to understand what people need and want.
They're too big, too powerful and they have no comprehension of responsibility they have and the quicker the site is shut down the better off humanity will be.
Just another imature tech billionaire
Just another stupid tech billionaire who needs to learn to grow up, just like Zuckerberg. Sure, they're smart in a creative way, they know how to find something and get others to help them make millions exploiting it but they're so wrapped up in their own self importance that no one has ever had the guts to tell them to grow up and stop showing off.
I had a grudging respect for Musk until he started mouthing off at that diver bloke who saved those kids, then I realised how much of a bellend Musk really is. No doubt his fanbois and the Tesla fanclub will downvote me but you can't deny Musk is one IC short of a functioning logic circuit.
"It's not what you've got, it's how and where you stick it."
It's like VHS, sure the IOS interface and structure is gorgeous compared to Android but then BetaMax was a slightly better format than VHS but what matters most is not how good something is technically but how easy it is to get hold of and use. VHS was a bit naff but it was good enough and suited what people wanted despite it's failings. Android is good enough, it might not be the best and far from perfect but it's good enough to do the job for now, especialy when you consider that with one click I can get the entire O/S downloaded and pull it apart to see how it works, within a day or two I can have it running on my hardware device. There's very few serious contenders that offer that right now. Sooner or later something better will come but it's good enough for now.
"A loss prevention employee..."?
Oh, you mean what everyone else calls a "security guard"!
Re: Impressive consequences
"Easy enough to code the monitoring software to block all traffic if there's errors in any parameters."
You can code and buy all the monitoring software in the world, spend as much as you like but in the end someone still has to respond and take responsibility for it's upkeep. I love how all the security vendors will boast about how great their software is, and I'm sure it's bloody good, but they always leave one vital thing off the list, the "fleshbag" that must be competent enough to take responsibility for it at the end of the chain. Getting the right person is something you cannot simply pay money for, you have to find someone sharp and willing to do a good job. Sadly in my 30 odd years of working in IT I still see there are a lot of people in IT because it's a well paid laugh playing with computers, they don't have the passion for tech that will ensure they do a good job.
The smarter the software seems to get, the lazier we think we can be and we put lazier people in charge if. It should be opposite, the more complex and clever the software gets the more vigilent the "guards" should be.
It should never have come to that but legacy lives on.
I've stared into that "void" on more than one occassion but not for a very long time now. There's no way in the modern day that anyone should be alone and see no other alternative than to leave, respect to Ian Murdoch.
I started back in 1993 with a funny booklet, floppy disk and CD package with something called Yggdrasil that a friend brought at a computer fair and gave me and I still have that little booklet on my bookshelf! I went through RedHat and others but I've used Debian variants for many years and it's a testament to Murdoch's simple vision of making something usable. I don't like the elitest mindset, I don't want a complicated life, a computer should allow me to get things done not spend all day cursing it's existence. You may hate Ubuntu, systemd or whatever your current ire is directed to but I'd rather see people have a choice, a free choice and Linux variants offer us that choice and we can offer that to others rather than watch them tied down by a yoke from those folks in Redmond.
Respect to anyone who looks at a circular saw blade in his Dad's garage and thinks, "Hmm you know what guys I want that mounted on a codpiece and strapped to my undercarriage! We'll up the ante by making it shoot flames too!".
Re: Yep, wasps are assholes
Unless you have a serious reaciton to insect stings just man up and shout, "Ow, shit! You little f**ker!" as the smug stripey bastard flies away to bother someone else. Once got stung on the Adam's Apple while standing outside HMV ( that dates it! ) and it felt someone had driven a sewing needle into my throat. Saw the smug little git fly away while I grabbed at my throat, it didn't hurt for long and stopped hurting after 5 mins.
Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer
You got to love Google and their ilk! Ha!
"No, we won't track you...( Shhh! Except through our search and maps offerings which are 90% of our core business. )"
If these companies ever actually allowed you to turn off the bulk component that drives the ad revenue systems they'd be in Chapter 11 the next morning! They can never turn these things off. Apple maybe an edge case as they have a core business built on selling hardware so they're a little different, they can afford to turn off most of their tracking in their apps but not completely.
See these companies spend millions on ML systems research to mine all that juicy data to be able to predict the next big thing we the plebs will want. They simply cannot allow their rivals to get even a week or two lead over them in research and understanding we plebs and our needs, they'd lose billions if they allowed that to happen.
If you want to stop tracking, stop buying the latest gadgets or using the services, they'd be forced to find more devious ways to track us and work our needs and wants but we like our shiny toys, our little treats. We work like dogs and without that little rush of endorphins when we make that big purchase, all that tedious 9-5 slog would seem infinitely harder wouldn't it?
Re: 3rd party
A story about four people named Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No-one.
There was an important job to be done and Everyone was sure that Someone would do it.
Anyone could have done it, but No-one did it.
Someone got angry about that because he thought that it was Everyone’s job.
Everyone thought that Anyone could do it, but No-one realised that Everyone wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everyone was angry with Someone because No-one did what Anyone could have done!
GamePark did a better job over 10 years ago!
I had a GP2X and GP32 10 years ago and they both worked better than this utter pants toy, with the advantage that the GP products could play lots of different emulators. As someone else said, this is "Carry On : Playing a Pocket Emulator" and RCL remind me of Boggs and Co from Carry On at Your Convinience.
Re: Where does it end?
If the IT dept of my bank started scanning the telnet port (23) looking for an FTP service, I think I'd move my account pronto to be honest! Ha ha!
Re: This would be GREAT
World peace, poverty and hunger eradicated and cats and dogs living together, it would be anarchy within 24 hours!
Re: Not in IT...
Classic quote comes to mind, something like "Cost of everything and value of nothing!"
My personal favourite was told to me by a Swiss colleague, "We must save money, and it must be done at any cost!". Sums up every IT cost cutting venture I've ever had to be involved in!
About bloody time!
XE has been getting so long in the tooth, I like it as it comes with APEX built in. It's good way to get to play with Oracle with very little hassle, especially for devs who just need to check code compatibility, especially as installation is *next**next**next* and click "Start DB" icon.
To be honest though unless you have to support Oracle going forward most new dev is going FOSS options from the get-go. I say that as a 20 year Oracle DBA. there's so many new and exciting DB options to play with out there especially in the NoSQL camps, online stores like DynamoDB are really good fun.
Years ago you had to tweak and tune DBs to maximum effecniciency, many hours I've spent fightin with SQL to tune out just a few more ms to get it up to spec, in some cases you still do but I get to tune SQL maybe half a dozen times a year now.. Now you can buy a gazillion buckets of computing power for pennies and so simply having a DB like MySQL or PostgreSQL is suitable for most purposes where you just need to store a terabyte or two of data online and archive out the rest to XML or JSON offline dumps.
XE is worth having a play with just keep your core Oracle skills up to spec as it's tiny and happily sits out of the way but the days when most places simply bought Oracle, SQL Server or DB2 without thinking are long gone now. Oracle will go the way of Lotus or IBM, slowly fading into the background as they get used less by new generations who are cloud orentated ( indoctrinated? ) and they favour the faster and simpler systems with replaceable serverless components, not a always a bad thing though.
Re: Not a good idea for me.
Ever since I first used Windows around 1989 I've always set the background to grey as I dislike white backgrounds, they've always hurt my eyes after an hour or two and I find black text very hard to read on a white background. Wherever possible I like a grey background and colour highlighted text in a slightly bold standard monospaced courier style font, I just find I can stare that for hours and hours.
Sink Holes of Negativity is perfectly correct
Social media sites are just that, they do indeed amplify negativity. They encourage morons to constantly battle each other to go "one-up", better house. better car, better phone, better body, so the 99.9% of the rest of humanity feels like shite compared to it. Most of us can see it's all bollocks, all made up tosh. The huge loans people take out to get a better car, better house and better anything just to brag to each other about how great their lives are but some people can't see that and they think they have to compete or worse, think they cannot compete and feel awful 'cos their lives don't match the made up bullshit they see in their social media feeds.
The sickly travelling couples, snogging at every major worldwide destination, sipping exotic drinks in far flung places and proclaiming their perfect relationship in a series of images so vacant and dettached from reality you wonder if they're actually the invention of some marketing group working out of a backstreet office in Shoreditch!
Social media was fun at first but now it's just a quagmire of negativity and bullshit. The quicker we all start to quit it and go back to isolated websites for key interests, the better we'll all be!
Re: Trolling for comments
Have 20p and buy yourself a sense of humour you miserable sod!
Re: Missed the obvious one
..or as Github has a reputation as a free public password repository, "FreePassword-Lookupy McProject-FeckedFace"!
Common sense says they simply cannot allow one state close to mainland Europe to become a haven for "bad guys". If anything being outside the EU will make our data even more valuable as we'll have slightly different governance than EU member states and thus we'll be under more scrutiny than ever before by our European cousins.
But the "wiggy-one" said Kim was everyone's best mate and Kim should be allowed to play with everyone else now? Is "Wiggy" bored with his new playmate already?
If the top US snoop agency hates it...
...then is must work properly and be blocking NSA spyware. I'll gladly be renewing my Kaspersky 10-user license in a couple of months thanks very much!
One day there'll come a point where we'll no longer need to exist. AI will plan our lives in to the future and CGI can create the video feed. The human race can commit mass suicide any way it wishes and simply leave the simulated human race to "live out" it's days until the sun burns out. I've no doubt there's a few scif-fi books detailing such tales.
Trackball can be worse....
I still use a trackball as I get chronic pain in my wrist from using standard "mices". It's basically an upside-down mouse and with your sweaty, food, bogey, greasy soaked thumb constantly on the ball all the time, let's say you really don't want be there at the end of the week when it's "ball and socket" clean out time!!
Re: A fairly basic question...
I can think of a few cases...
They want CCs someone wrote some shitty payment system for their website and they don't want to bugger about with trying to tie to a proper payment vendor.
A payment vendor will charge a management fee to handle the transaction and places like "CackPhone Whorehouse" don't want to pay the fees and would rather put your info at risk.
The want the CC data in case you spend money at another company under control of their parent conpany, then they can tie all that juicy data together without having to a)wait for another data breach release on the black market or b) having to pay some shyster to hack Facebook accounts for your toilet habits!!
Yes, it's good common sense and I applaud it. However also bear in mind that not every business is turning millions in profit, some are very small "one-man" businesses have a niche they want to protect, they're on razor thing margins and they have a right to protection too. They might not be able to afford to fight off the bastards who want to rip them off, they go under and the local country's economy loses another business and may gain another social security recipient.
Dating sites, don't make false claims?
Right, well that's the entire online dating biz up the swany!
Re: The question begged is...
It seems funny at first but the guy obviously has a serious anti-social mental health problem that needs attention. Taking a dump in public once, we'll you're just a prat who got caught because you weren't prepared or just plain lazy. This guy did it 30 times in the same place, that's some sort of OCD related mental health problem or an unresolved cry for help or attention. The guy doesn't need criminal charges, he needs to see a specialist before it completely tears his life apart.
FFS! It's obvious he's just a bargaining chip and nothing more!
He's being held in the US on charges simply at the pleasure of the "wiggy one", as soon as the US wants something off Mrs May and she gives it to "wiggy" then Marcus will be free to come home. Governments and rulers have been doing it for thousands of years, you keep someone important locked up until they either a) become worthless or b) they finally become what is expected of them, a valuable bargaining chip in some unrelated dicussion.
When Marcus gets released in maybe 18 months time, old "Wiggy" looks good and all the Foreign Office types will pat each other on the back for bargaining his release. It's all bollocks!
"A social media platform isn't just for college, it's for life."
"I invented Facebook, and at the end of the day, I’m solely responsible for what information is regularly released to unknown, unauthorized sources on this platform.” - Mark Zuckerberg
Fecking idiot! It's not some tinpot little forum running on a PC in your bedroom. Jesus Mr Z needs grow up, he's still behaving like a spotty little nerd who thinks responsibility is a dirty word. In case you've not noticed Mr Z your little project has exploded to draw in a 1/3 of the planet's population, all sharing their dirty laundry in public, making you and your mates billions and letting you lot carry on behaving like silly 20 somethings who need to learn to grow up and realise what you have created and take proper care of it.
Here we go again
If Larry says it's easy then it must be! The guy's never put a foot wrong or said some complete and utter horse crap that PHBs have believed, PHBs have then made we poor working techies implement based on Larry's BS!
Face it Larry your cloud offering is like comparing the Hello World source from any language you wish to name against the source of an O/S kernel, so far apart it's just not enough funny.
Re: Piracy does not hurt who you think it hurts
The other aspect is that some of these companies love certain sections of society actually going ahead an ripping off their software as much as possible.
Art and phototgraphy students ripping off Photoshop means they learn Photoshop, then when they get out into the real world they immediately demand that Photoshop be the first choice from their employer or for their business, that's when Adobe get their "loss" back, when student goes out into the workplace and orders up a genuine license. Same with MS software years ago, students came out into the workplace only knowing MS software and that's what they expect when they began their working lives, "kerching!" for MS.
Mobile app sales
A large scale paradigm shift towards the mobile app, always on, always connected, cloud service based world we now find ourselves in. We're used to paying $1 for an app or tolerating ads in our free apps, we get used to getting something good for peanuts, we've had our mindset changed to realise that cheap doesn't mean utter crap. So we're now more open minded to try cheap alternatives knowing that while there's still a lot of ad-infested dross, there's some genuine diamonds-in-the-rough out there that cost next to nothing.
What pee's me off is that once again the only people who suffer are genuine honest people. Amazon returns is superb, I've returned genuinely broken items without any fuss at all, unlike a lot of retailers who will just make you feel like a scumbag for trying to get something sorted out, some online PC parts suppliers and very well known printer manufacturers who shall remain nameless. As usual there's always some arsehole trying to game the system and Amazon will probably tighten up the process and making it harder for genuine problems to be dealt with as easily.
When will devs speak to their infrastructure teams?! Ha!
As usual the developers go charging off and putting dev code out into production before they speak with the DBA and infrastructure teams! Bloody typical! Although in fairness, I can imagine these hacker devs probably has some arsehole project manager beating them with the paperwork and demanding a stupid release date be met! Ha ha!
Re: Salt free
"The only reason, other than laziness, which I can think of for sending the data elsewhere is that the scanner cant actually do the processing locally.."
I would say laziness, rather cost cutting. Get a cheap scanner to cut cost to a minimum, spend some of the money you saved on the backend infrastructure and profit. Know the kind of f**kwits who will poke, hit and smash these readers and knowing you have to replace them every so often, you might look to save money by using the cheapest you can. I'm not defending them, it's utter bollocks that they have to transmit hashes or what-have-you off the device to another device, rather than a unique and simple ID, simply playing devil's advocate.
I'm guessing some bellend at Philips tech screwed up the AWS Route 53 config and broke all their customers toys!
Sure I have remote controlled lights in a few rooms but they're Bluetooth controlled locally in the house, useful for when you and the Missus are cuddled up on the sofa and you don't want to get up they can be useful to turn down the lights. You get into bed and forgot to switch off the lights downstairs whip out the phone and switch them off remotely. Useful when you get early in the morning and my lights are timed come on so I don't trip arse over tit, over the fecking cat in the dark some mornings! However they're a simple convinience, not life and death and I could live without them if pushed, I managed for many years before. I most certainly have no interest in conntecting my house lights via a remote server hosted on AWS or Google Cloud.