* Posts by MacGuffin

34 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Dec 2022

Nearly 20% of running Microsoft SQL Servers have passed end of support


Nothing for the Upgrade

The PFY from tech school working on the hot new SQL server and application/cloud will get promoted out of the project and into manglement within 6 months because of the whizz-bang "skills" in new and shiny.

The grizzled greybeard tasked with updating the obsolete MS SQL DB Server and the accompanying apps because only they have the skills and training will take multiple years because of all the "concerned parties", long after the PFY above becomes their boss.

Feel free to say that does not happen. Please say that does not happen...


Can AI models trained on human speech help us understand dogs?



This will only work when AI develops “smell-o-vision” and can crotch dogs.

Samsung takes bite out of Apple over its mega marketing misstep


The Samsung Avalanche

That being the same Samsung that buries you in an avalanche of ads on their Smart TV hardware? The same Samsung whose “Smart Things” app won’t function without a connection to the mother ship? Whose smart TV also requires a connection to the mothership?

I’ll call that mighty creative for Samsung, but not the consumer.

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs


Re: What happens when

"need replaced"?

"need to be replaced" or "need replacing"

Healthcare AI won't take jobs – it'll make nursing easier, says process automation founder


Will AIs Volunteer?

I'm nearing retirement. In my earlier days I enjoyed volunteering in a hospital. I would like to volunteer in retirement, but I simply cannot bring myself to volunteer my time and volunteered wages so that the CEOs of said hospital and health care industry can increase their "compensation". CEO - "I personally got more people to volunteer, saving us costs. Therefore my compensation must be increased exponentially. That and all those denied services and procedures. I should get more now I can utilize AI to deny more without doing it myself. Because I can."

Iowa sysadmin pleads guilty to 33-year identity theft of former coworker



It will not happen, but I would like to see the judge personally punished for making Woods become Kierans.

I guess I’m just not too particularly fond of judges, especially SCOTUS, at this point in time.

Ex-White House CIO tells The Reg: TikTok ban may be diplomatic disaster


Stopped Reading

I tuned out at “This is unprecedented”. Next up “existential threat.”

I’m trying to understand the situation and become informed, but the usual cliches being spouted sometimes prevent my reading further.

I probably should read on, but ….

In the rush to build AI apps, please, please don't leave security behind


Mission Accomplished

One achieves the ultimate security by making sure absolutely no one can use the application.

US task force aims to plug security leaks in water sector


Everyone's an Expert in Cybersecurity

Here the expert /spokesman in cybersecurity for water has a PhD in Chemistry and no IT experience. That type of mismatch happens often in government civil service.

Microsoft promises Copilot will be a 'moneymaker' in the long term


Re: Copilot Tattles

I have generated real people using Copilot. It is selective about WHICH real people. No way of knowing just who will offend it.


Copilot Tattles

I used Microsoft’s AI “Copilot” this morning to try and generate a picture. I entered “Donald Trump on the Titanic”. Copilot then reported my account to Microsoft for violating the terms of agreement. No picture. Just tattling.

Copilot pane as annoying as Clippy may pop up in Windows 11


And I want it why?

My limited impression on AI and copilot in particular is that both are a solution in search of a problem.

Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all


Re: How characteristically Muskian.

So does “loser”

AI PC hype bubble swells, but software support lags marketing


Who are they?

"However, analysts now forecast an AI PC boom for 2024"

And just who are these analysts and why are the qualified to make a forecast?

Sorry, scammers: The FCC says AI robocalls are definitely illegal


No Viable Mechanism

To paraphrase Robin Williams discussing London Bobbies who do not carry firearms chasing suspects:

"Stop! Or I'll yell 'Stop!' again!"

BOFH: Hearken! The Shiny Button software speaks of Strategic Realignment



Fecal Strategery

Ignore Uncle Sam's 'voluntary' cybersecurity goals for hospitals at your peril


Enter Scotus

“The proof is in the federal rule making process”.

And all one has to do is sue, bring it before the Supreme Court and SCOTUS will roll out the “Major Questions Doctrine”, say the agency cannot make rules and burn the house down.

Affordable, self-healing power grids are closer than you think



“Self healing power grids are closer than you think.”

So are unsinkable ships…

Boffins eyeball computer vision costs, find humans are cheaper for oversight chores


Remote Sensors

Humans are nothing but remote sensors for AI.

Think about it. We used to fill out forms that were a page or two. With the prevalence of databases and web UIs, we seem to be required (shadow work) to provide far more information for simple tasks. I'm looking at you health care.

Every industry is convinced that their portal is the only one you use or that is important, with little to no regard for all the other UIDs, passwords, 2FA that every person is now stuck with. Store them all on a password maintenance provider which leaves only one site to hack to get all your authentication information.

We're even required to pay for the bandwidth to support ads. Junk mail used to have bulk postage paid be the advertiser. Now we have to pay the equivalent (or more) n bandwidth and subscriptions for the "privilege" of viewing unwanted ads that consume more bandwidth than the articles being read.

Thanks AI!

Working from home never looked better: Leopard stalks around Infosys and TCS campuses


And Today

“The beast was spotted yesterday”

It remains spotted Today.

Microsoft prices new Copilots for individuals and small biz vastly higher than M365 alone


GPT should be GTT

GPT= General Pre-Trained Transformer. “Pre-Trained” means before training as in disorganized. Chaos. The “Pre” is redundant.

It should be GTT=General Trained Transformer.

NASA, Lockheed Martin reveal subtly supersonic X-59 plane


Too Many Words

"External Vision System"



Expert sounds alarm bells over upcoming NHS data platform


One Cannot Model Chaos

One wonders if the reason no one has successfully created a usable IT system is because one must have a logical health care system before you attempt to model it. There is no point of modeling rules and regulations where they make no sense to start with.

Programmable or 'purpose-bound' money is coming, probably as a feature in central bank digital currencies


Re: They call these "savings stamps" or "green stamps"

Knights of the Green Shield Stamp and Shout.....

Cloud is here to stay, but customers are starting to question the cost


When did it happen?

Wend did “spendING” become “spend”? The same time “computING” became “compute”?

Reminds me. My car needs “washed”. Not “washing”.

Local governments aren't businesses – so why are they force-fed business software?


Appropriate Acronym

In my line of business, ERP is reserved for "Emergency Response Plan".

It's not an emergency until Oracle is involved.

Can 'Mad Libs for incident response' prevent the next MOVEit fiasco?


Best Job Title Ever

MFT or Managed File Transfer Tool. Describes my job and what I am for doing it.

Crooks pwned your servers? You've got four days to tell us, SEC tells public companies


Beware SCOTUS and the Major Questions Doctrine

All one of those hacked companies has to due is file a lawsuit claiming the SEC has exceeded their authority and SCOTUS will decide against SEC under the made-up Major Questions Doctrine.

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view


Good Old Days

At least when I was getting sh*t-tons of junk snail mail, I could send the junk mail from one advertiser to another using their thoughtfully provided pre-paid mailing envelopes!

I thought it was quite nice of me to share the useless marketing material at their expense!

IBM bets $4.6 billion that cloud bills and IT sprawl will be enduring problems


Whend did Spending become Spend

We seem to be dropping "ing" with reckless abandon. Computing became compute. Spending has now become "spend".

The worst seems to be phrases like "My laundry needs cleaned" instead of "my laundry needs TO BE cleaned" or "needs cleaning".

Six million patients' data feared stolen from PharMerica


Free Credit Reports!

No doubt the class action lawsuit will result in one year of free credit reports with the recipients required to cancel at one year or be charged for the subscription forever.

4chan and other web sewers scraped up into Google's mega-library for training ML



Another bad idea in a long sad history of bad ideas.

EPA orders US states to check cyber security of public water supplies


Not Qualified

This is absolutely hilarious. There are no EPA employees that are allowed to or have the knowledge to configure their own desktops, yet they will be given the authority to oversee cybersecurity plans. Nearly all their IT is outsourced to consultants. The same hold true in the States they delegate authority to. And due to the split of IT from actual regulation, you will get a bunch of engineers and PhDs in civil service with no background in IT or cybersecurity assigned to head up the cybersecurity programs, because, well. PhDs are infallible. Those that cannot even connect a printer or monitor without a ticket will ARE heading up security.


It's time to retire 'edge' from our IT vocabulary


Retire "Compute" as a Noun

Restore "compute" to its place as a verb