“additional support” to reflect the difficult pandemic-times job market
You severance package now includes one unsupervised trip to the supply closet for all you can carry. Sorry, no bags or buckets allowed.
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The average life of a CIO is something like three years. Happens every time. In their third year they cut expenses to the bone. Moving to a Cisco subscription will be part of that. Then they parachute out with a fat bonus for how good they did at controlling costs. New CIO shows up. Followed shortly with Cisco announcing a pricing 'uplift' to align with 'industry norms'.
Don't think Cisco doesn't know how IT & buying works. Management will love it. Only us techies who endure the cycles will see the corporate stupidity of it all.
Shall I dig my Mac+ out of the attic and show you where I had to replace all the capacitors & voltage regulators on the power board because Apple used cheap crappy ones? Well known problem back in the day - as the Mac warmed up it would get flaky because the power would start to vary. If the nominal 5v supple fell below 4.5v then reboot!
Sure, a marketing success. But an engineering charlie-foxtrot.
The inside of the case has all their signatures embossed in the plastic too. So it was literally 'signed off' by Steve & Steve.
....and I am not talking about people. The US public education was already in decline. Covid accelerated its death. School administrators trying to apply controls to students while they are in their own private homes is a symptom of its death throes.
You think it is nutty now. Just wait until a significant percentage of students do not return to the classroom. Parents are questioning the system. Little Johnny's behavior problems went away, and he can do all his school work in about 2 1/2 hours. Why do they need him for 8 hours + homework time? Watch for massive lay-offs of educators & closing of physical schools.
The sad part... The teacher unions will see to it the senior teachers stay - instead of allowing the district to weed out the lousy teachers (like any other industry would do in this situation). Good teachers will find their own path - private schools, on-line learning programs, tutoring, etc. So public education will be left with the garbage teachers.
747-400 is 1980's technology. A lot of effort goes in to certifying kit for flight operations. Just what is the point of re-designing something to replace something that works? As noted, these aircraft are being retired. Again, where is the surprise? Seeing floppy operations is rather expected actually.
....I didn't have any Macs or Linux on my home network. Now I have a bunch of both alongside my Win7 desktops. Only one Win10 machine, and that is the POS foisted upon me by corporate.
Thank goodness the rise of cloud services via the browser. I can do most of my work from any machine, as long as it has a browser. I only get on the Win10 machine for the very few things which require me to connect to the corporate VPN.
Fact: US population is around 329 million.
Fact: The CDC reported the US death rate in 2018 was 723.6 per 100k people.
Math: Therefore the US should have 2,378,670 deaths this year.
Fact: CDC is reporting around 135k Covid deaths in the US.
Math: The 135k Covid deaths represent a 5.6% death rate increase.
Logic flaw: There is zero co-morbidity with these Covid deaths.
Assertion: Many Covid victims would have died anyway from other causes.
Conclusion: Covid barely represents a statistical bump in the amount of deaths the US has every year.
...is the government forcing the high cost of rural Broadband. The wires in-the-air terminate at a Telco box about 11k wire feet from my residence. That is the closest fiber. The wires are all underground from the Telco box to my demarc. The government is requiring like-for-like on any upgrades. So to bring newer technology (think fiber) to my residence would mean trenching and running 11k feet of fiber underground. The government will not permit the telco to drop some poles in the ground. Nor will they allow the telco to put the fiber on the existing power company poles.
Telcos suck, they are profiteering monopolies. However, government regulation is forcing them in to this cost prohibitive situation.
Once again, government is part of the problem, not the solution.
Actually you can advertise jobs just for women...if that is the gender the job requires. Yes, I am referencing adult entertainment as a fringe exception to the rule.
Going way back to the college days... I remember a case study where the "French Chef Restaurant" could legally discriminate and hire a French person to be the customer-facing personality. They could not, however, discriminate and hire only French cooks to be in the back kitchen doing the actual work.
Right unless it was the government doing the drone flights all along. Test the public's reaction. Test law enforcement's reaction. Test the media's reaction. See how much panic can be caused. See how the media can be manipulated to fan the flames of hysteria.
Sort of a test. A limited dry-run. Figure out how to control the masses. And then go big on the next one, with something like a global pandemic.
I'm probably just being paranoid though. That would never happen.
Every time I have ever traveled to Vegas for any sort of a conference, I have always come home with some sort of a bug. Always. Every time. Talk it over with other Vegas Conventioneers, you will find it is a common issue. It goes with the territory.
Since going to Vegas and getting a bug is the expected norm, why would this event be canceled?
Paris, because I know what you are thinking. But it is not those types of bugs and transmission methods I am referring to.
For clarity, IMHO Tom Cruise was cool in Top Gun, and has gone down hill since then.
That said, some logical thinking...
He has spent his entire life working in cinema. Fair bet he has more knowledge than average about how movie making works - lighting, composing shots, etc. Astronauts are not technical slouches themselves and by their very nature are quick learners. Add in some live streaming for earth-bound directors to monitor the scenes. Pack along some green body suits and the station staff can be 'extras' in the scene, and have their body digitally edited to match the image of earth-based actors.
Russia was charging something like $80M per seat to get to ISS. I am thinking Elon Musk will be cheaper - otherwise we would have stayed with the Russians. I'll bet they could get an entire ISS sequence done for less than $100M. That's a lot, but it is not outside the realm of Hollywood possibility. Especially if the movie company says "Tom, we are flying you to the space station, but we aren't paying you for the movie", that will free up a big chunk of budget!
Would NASA allow it? Back to Top Gun, what was the Navy's enlistment in the late 1980s? Every GenX guy who signed up thought he would go Mach 2 and nail Kelly McGillis. As long as NASA gets to sign off on the plot line making them look good, I can see them buying the idea. Inspire a whole new generation of astronauts, that sort of thing.
Maybe even get the production company to produce a few companion documentaries as well - keep public interest in ISS positive. Inspire a whole new generation of tax payers, that sort of thing.
>"A commonly expressed view is that mobiles have been replacing PCs because "they can do everything people need"."
That's what you get for listening to the marketing drivel regurgitated by every mobile vendor.
The actual limiting factor is the human interface. I don't care what resolution it is, ultimately my eyes can only read a certain detail on a small mobile device screen. Same thing for the user interface. My fingers are a certain size, which is conducive to a keyboard. Sure, I can 'make-do' on a mobile's keyboard for a quick text. But if I am typing a comment on El Reg's web page, you bet it is coming from a usable interface.
The IT industry has consistently shown us that rushed and hurried actions are often taken with an absence of security oversight. Sort of like when you take all the employees who have been office based and overnight enable them to work remote. I guarantee there are breaches going on right now that we won't know about for months/years. InfoSec will be kept busy!
True story: My wife works for a law firm, so when they sent her to work from home they made her sign off that she would have no client information on her home computer. They then proceeded to tell her the IP address and password for their publicly accessible VNC connection running on the default port. They are worried about a trusted employee when their office computer is wide open to a single factor authentication on the Internet. Totally misplaced security concern, and they won't listen to the dumb husband of their employee!
Oh, and the VNC password... They tacked a couple random characters on to a common word. A dictionary attack should go through that like butter.
Total fake news. My sister is a nurse. The "testing kit" is a long flexible Q-tip with a sterile tube to place it in. It is not some magic special thing in short supply.
Sort of like when California air dropped test kits to the cruise ship while it was in harbor - instead of just sailing up an handing them over like ever other cruise ship boarding.
Methinks the Museum of Flight in Seattle would like this to go along with their bird. However, someone has an inflated sense of value and thinks they should be able to retire independently wealthy on this eBay auction.
The fundamental problem with high-value collector items is you need a deep-pocket collector - and those are very hard to find.
Either one of two things....
This screen is part of a Windows update. Assuming the IT team is managing updates and doing a quality check on them first, why did this get pushed out?
Or, is this ATM connected to the open Internet and simply pulling down updates itself? Seems like a prime Internet target for a cash payout.
Either way stupid IT.
CIOs have such a short life span that they can roll the dice. Let's say there is a 1 in 10 chance of a given company being bit by Ransomware in the next 10 years. If the CIO is on the normal corporate life span, they are only going to be around 2-3 years anyway. That means there is only a 20-30% chance of being bit on their watch.
Now that new CIO came in with the full support of the board and CEO. They were given money to spend. So they did. Good security & backups. The CIO avoids Ransomware their first year or two on that financial support. Soon the board & CEO are having good times and forgot about why IT needs that money. So they have the CIO start cutting. Pretty soon security is reduced, backups aren't happening, etc. No problem for the CIO, they are on track to jettison that job in a few more months anyway.
Budgets get cut some more. The CIO exits with whatever executive level package they negotiate. Now is when the Ransomware hits. But not a problem for the departed CIO, the new guy has to clean up that mess. At which point the CEO and board decide they really should spend money on security....and the cycle repeats.
....about watching what you write in email communication. NEVER put anything down that you wouldn't want to become public information.
I sure wouldn't want to be outed for writing 'this plane sux' and then have to face an entire plant of union employees who are currently out of work due to the 737 MAX production line shut down.
....but the cheering lesbians in the theater self-identified during the overt political correctness regurgitated upon us in the final scenes.
As someone who saw "Star Wars" before it was branded as Episode IV, I guess it is time for me to accept that I am no longer in the target market and let the next generation shape the franchise in their image. As Darth Vader said... "The circle is now complete."
(And, credit where it is due for working around Carrie's untimely passing. Well done, the plot did not suffer. RIP)
>I'd be really surprised if nowadays there isn't a more efficient and effective way of cleaning PCs than running about with USB drives and sticking green stickers.
Sure, there are better ways. How much of the IT budget was allocated toward security, including backups? If it is like most universities, it was probably only a pittance.
Besides, having a bunch of IT bods running around and looking busy will certainly create perceived value. Lowers the chance of getting caught in the next RIF if they are busy-bodies today.
>A simple programmable one that turns the heat up (how long + 5) mins before the morning alarm is all that is needed.
I have one from Honeywell that does that already. Basically programmed with "at this time, be at this temperature". It learns how long it takes to heat the house from a given starting point. So if it only needs to come up a couple degrees, it fires up a few minutes early. If it needs to come up a lot, it will fire up 30-45 minutes early.
Same solution, different story....
I came across a hapless soul who had lost her car keys while swimming in the lake. After spending two hours wandering the shallows looking for keys, I managed to unlock her car with a couple sticks and duct tape. She had left a window down a bit (out swimming, so it was a hot day). Taped the sticks together, slid them through the window, and bumped the unlock button on the other side. She could now get her cell phone and phone a friend to bring the spare key.
Granted had she known their phone number, instead of relying on the iThingy to remember it, she could have simply called them in the first place.
Yes, big evil companies and their miss-gotten profits. They shouldn't hoard money like that. Shame on them for getting a good return for their investors. We need to bust them up and take all their money.
Good thing I don't own any stock in those companies. All my retirement is in mutual funds which are invested in....oh....right. Nevermind. Forget everything I said.
Profitable big companies are good!
So they want to ban electronic schematics for using a 3D printer to make a poorly functioning firearm. What about blueprints and machine shop schematics to make an actually useful firearm? Are they banned to?
What about a Ford Pinto? Everyone knows that car is a deathtrap from the 1970's! I have an assembly manual on how it is put together. Since that car is so deadly, is the assembly manual banned as well?
How far does it go? Government control of information is a slippery slope.
First of all.... Take a look at was 3rd party security is actually doing on endpoints. It is waaaay beyond anti-virus. There are some well respected security people out there (GRC) who continue to spout that mantra without actually taking a look at where the industry is today.
Second.... Until one key component is completely eliminated from the chain, there will always be a need for monitoring & securing the endpoint. It doesn't matter how well written, fundamentally secure, and locked down a computing environment is. As long as that key component defined as "user" exists, there will be a need for security.
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