601 posts • joined 11 Feb 2016
Re: Another solution
Disclaimer: Lax patching regime is not an excuse.
Have you ever worked in an old company or org? I mean a really old company that's been using Windows tech for more than 20 years? There's a ton of legacy stuff and the second you so much as decide to flip a single option on of off, let alone release a patch there's months and months of testing to be done. Some companies out there are only just getting off Win2008 DCs, some are still on them! They can't upgrade as their entire estate will stop working and that costs money. The sad fact is that they don't realise it will cost a heck of lot more if something nasty gets lose in the network!
Someone said to me the other day. Up until this point ( the last 12-18 months ) that most companies can live in their own secure bubble, they put up firewalls, packet inspectors and intrusion devices, basically putting up wooden boards on the windows of your house. Yet now with everyone pulling in connections to cloud services and outsourcing to external data centres those firewalls and devices are not going to secure enough. People must change their mindset, be more secuirty conscious, write better apps, consider security from the get-go, not as an afterthought as we have been able to.
Sadly we're human and out companies and our bosses don't see it like that. Spending more time than necessary on fivilious things like security costs money so they dismiss it. Sadly a false economy and sites like the Reg will fill with even more stories like Equifax as times goes on because security is not a dirty word, it's just boring to most.
UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...
As usual it always comes down to, "Give 'em an inch...".
They paint so much lipstick on their pig but fact is that no matter what powers they manage to finagle out of the government they will never be happy until they have the right to know every tiny detail about our lives at the push of a buttonm, preferably with no government oversight. The really sad fact is they don't do it 'cos they need the info as they claim, they do it to ensure they can secure their dept budgets each year. GCHQ, MI5, MI6, etc are like any other company dept, they need to justify their worth in their yearly review and claiming they've foiled and caught X number of terrorists, paedos and other ne'er do wells is what they have to do.
I fully support the fact that we need secret services to keep the country and our enemies under a watchful eye but "ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat" ( 'the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies' ).
Well bugger me with a fish fork, start up a picture sharing site and before you know it pervs are using it share naughty piccies. Then after years and years running it Tumblr finally decide now is the time to start cleaning up the garbage, talk about trying to hold back the tide with a slice of bread!
Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate
Don't feel so bad Ericsson, you probably did us all a favour!
How may "zombies" had to stop staring at phones on public tranport and actually read something in the paper, look around them or worse actually talk to other passengers! Oh the humanity! Oh the number of cat videos and half-naked teenage girls who's Instagram pages didn't get visited today, oh think we need a charity single by Sting and Bono to help them through this terrible time.
Yes, I know there probably was serious fallout for businesses and people urgently trying to arrange personal business but for most of us it's just bloody annoying and for the most part we had to take a break from our screens and actually take in the world around us for a day.
Re: BBC are naming names
"suspect a bit of planned maintenance didn't go quite as planned. And neither did any plan to rollback to undo it."
So Ops were given the Change Request at 9pm last night, hurriedly signed off by a manager ( now negotiating his golden handshake to leave I might add! ), they accidentally copied the dev creds to the Jenkins cluster and flooded the network with pre-UAT code pulled from the wrong Git repo branch! Ha ha!
Re: Not just O2
"..because O2 have outsourced something, it's not their problem and people shouldn't be annoyed with them?"
I bet you're one of those people who berates the platform guard at stations 'cos your train was cancelled? Sure you have a point, up to a point, but this isn't just a server room with 20 PCs running a couple of SQL Server databases. This is a huge, global f**kup by the provider, Ericsson I believe. So O2 are much like you when your heating goes out and you're waiting BG to come round and fix your boiler! Stop stressing, go outside and have a fag, come back when your nerves are calmed down.
Re: Not just O2
A good laugh over lunchtime, especially the "window-lickers" who think Nigel from O2 is a real O2 employee, some people just don't get sarcasm.
Re: Oracle has very goog technology for large corporations
As a veteran DBA one thing I can tell you about good DBAs, they were doing DevOps long, long, a very long time before DevOps become a trendy job. When you have to manage more then 4 Oracle databases, in fact any quality RDBMS for that matter, you learn to script every damn thing in the place so you spend an hour a day max doing your checks and maint. The rest of the day you spend learning and improving things. A good DBA has to have good comms skills, networking, basic dev skills in multiple languages, sysadmin knowledge, project planning, etc. Sounds an awful lot like a devops job spec to me!
GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms
Give 'em an inch....
You know the rest.
It'll make a mint 'cos all people want is knock offs of well known styles
You don't need a farm of AWS EC2s and a 5TB backend DB of data to rip stuff off, just give someone a decent DSLR and a copy of Photoshop, then give them 18 months. You only have to look through any modern photo gallery like 500px.com to see how many people will happily "rip off" the most common photo styles, saturated and overprocessed images of landscapes. Soft focused nudes that wouldn't look out of place in Amateur Photographer circa 1985!
You want your AI to impress me? Show me something truly original that ticks all the right mental boxes for a pukka image, based on the backend data you have on famous artists and their work.
Throw all the hardware and software you like at it, a photo is only as good as the person taking it. Some of the best photos are those were shot on 35mm film using pocket cameras.
Re: Oh FFS
Laptops are replacing desktops in a vain attempt to get already stressed workers to work even more when they leave the office. The very fact that you have a work device to hand means you will never switch off. I don't care who the hell you think you are, it is simply not healthy to constantly keep working outside your standard contracted hours. Once in a while or on a full burst before a big release or other operation, sure bust a gut and get the job done but if you don't switch off you will end up down the quacks asking to become a junkie hocked up on "happy pills", trust me I know!
Greedy bosses looking to squeeze the life out of workers until they drop dead or are driven to the nuthouse grasping their "happy pills". When the clock hits 5, walk out, take up your hobby, enjoy life and make sure you work to live, not live to work.
Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know
Zuckerberg, a child trapped in an adult's body, adult's job and adult's life.
A huge free PR exercise for Amazon
The guy from New Jersey nailed it perfectly, you've all been played for suckers by Bezos and chums. You've played this up, hyped Amazon to the hilt and all this PR or free, I bet Amazon couldn't believe how well the plan worked! Jeez, what a bunch of rubes, ha ha!
Re: What could be better....
This is the irony.
Your government says, "Hey everybody, tell us all about your mundane lives for our spies to keep an eye on you and find the bad guys lurking out there." and everyone loses their minds and we have protests in the streets.
Facebook asks for the exact same info but says it's for fun and offers cat videos and cartoon farming games and people can't hand over the info fast enough. Amazon offers you the weather and cinema times, once again people are buying these "spying devices" like they're going out of fashion!
Re: re Overbroad.
"FFS in a civilised society, Amazon should be falling over themselves in their rush to assist the authorities in such circumstances, at their first opportunity."
Law is based heavily on precedence, if Amazon don't appear to fight tooth and nail before they handover information, if they don't make it so damned hard that it takes months to get stuff out of them then every Tom, Dick and Harry will demand their recordings for every trivial little thing that Alexa records.
Amazon cannot simply do what people ask. Today it's something important, like this, evidence in a murder trial. Tomorrow it's because little Johnny and little Jenny won't stop fighting over Smarties and I want those recordings, "You handed them over for a murder trial! They're my recordings about Johnny and Jenny and I want them! You handed them over for that murder thing, why can't I have mine?".
Then on top of that is the fact that if something is found then details about it have to be published in court documents and that leave Amazon's secrets laid bare for others to copy. If we know more about how Alex tech works then other companies trying to get in on that game stand a better chance or beating Amazon once they know how Amazon's tech works.
Surely Bezos and co, when they renamed the company from whatever it was to Amazon and knew they were an online retailer would want ( .amazon ) at some point, knew the name of the company might come into conflict with that particualr geographic area, which let's face it, is rather well known after a certain Gordon Sumner highlighted it's plight to us all many years before the "online Mark's 'n' Sparks" used it.
Sadly I suspect Brazil is simply hanging on for a bloody good, long term deal that sees Amazon ( the company ) laying out cash that'll go straight in the pockets of....sorry, see cash injected into the failing infrastruture and helping the poor of Brazil.
It's quite frightening to think how much government and fiancial data is all under just one "roof" now. We all know they have multiple sites and an infrastructure to die for, however if they survive without any serious incidents for the next 5-10 years there probably won't be any other serious contenders in the online storage and processing markets. The fact that they offer everything you need from the lowest level virtual tin right up to ready made website/stores with a click of a button. Now just imagine which government's secret spy agency wouldn't sell their grannys, partners and children to get their hands on what's in those locked down AWS containers and stacks.
As I keep saying, these companies are run by kids who never learned to grow up. About time someone took 'em round back of the outhouse and gave 'em a spanking. Shame they managed to sneak it in pre-GDPR, £500k is small change to the billions Zuck rakes in from selling his user's to the highest bidders. I'm sure FB will slip up again soon post-GDPR and then we'll get something decent off FB.
Took mine to Gandi
One of the reasons I dumped Freeparking.co.uk, they just wanted more and more money for less and less features, they cut my domains down to a single email address! I took my 6 domains to Gandi 18 months ago and never looked back. Too many shysters in the domain game.
Re: "primary effect test"
And DuckDuckGo, they don't filter their results like Big G does....
Hmmm, was it...
...another S3 bucket with "test data" accidentally left wide open?
Want to roll like one of the biggest minds in physics? Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair is up for auction
Re: Charitable Oddities
"Sniff the seat for Hawking farts?"
Mate, don't laugh. Some PR scumbag probably offered them a ton of cash for his bodily fluids. If porn makers can offer the sister of a royal parts in grumble flicks based on seeing her arse on TV at a wedding, there's no limit to the depth some people would sink to make a buck.
I thought so too at first but the money is not going into their pockets, it's going to "chaireedy", so I'm fine with it.
Sound like a bunch of liberal hippies at a local anger management seminar. "Yeah, sure you can have a few battles and war or two online, but like you know, play nice and by the rules, right? Then everyone has a good time.".
The problem is that rules of engagment might have worked fine in the 18th Century battlefield when only those with serious moolah could buy the kit and organise armies, plus the sense of honour among monarchs and the ultra-rich, however these days anyone with a £250 tablet and a copy of "Learn Python in 24 Hours" can be a black-hat if they wish. The script kiddies and "rogue actors" are not going to give "two rat's" about your rules of online engagment, they're just going to take down a financial company website or worse, the infrastruture of some country, and then sit back and have a bloody good laugh at the IT bods scrambling to patch the problem.
The Least Forgotten Generation Ever
The one thing I reminded my daughter of at the weekend is that she's the first generation of kids where no stone is left unturned and nothing about them from cradle to grave, will ever be forgotten. One of her friend's brothers, just 15, came home absolutely paralytic after a Saturday with his friends. His reasonably well to do parents went absolutely ballistic at him and it was a bit of a to-do by all accounts. On the Sunday morning I said to my daughter that although his parents might try to keep a lid on it I guarantee that by midweek it'll be all round the school and all over the kids social media. Sure enough, my daughter came home Tuesday and said it was the main topic of conversation at school due to the posts his so-called friends put on social media about him.
I did some stupid things as a kid but only about 3 or 4 people know about them, no pics, no videos, nothing recorded and more or less forgotten, in fact as I get older even I begin to forget some of the daft things I did as a kid. Our children don't have that luxury. We post pictures of them by the minute on social media just to fill Zuckerburg's coffers and seal our children's fate as the most watched and recorded generation in history to date.
My wife will only allow our daughter to have snapchat and instagram, no other social media, and with her locked down iPhone she's not allowed to install any apps either. As parents we carry the can for anything she does online, when's old enough we won't be able to stop her but by then she'll be wise enough to see what has happened to others. Hopefully she'll understand why her generation must be so infinitely careful on the internet lest they wreck their future for good with one careless post.
It's ironic that we fight against government spying to save ourselves yet we let our kids post all manner of things on social media just ripe and ready to be sold to the highest bidder and hoovered up by any government.
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.