Re: The d in £sd
that’s more than he makes in a month
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the number of commentards on here who can’t bother to read the article or the extra details in the comments before having to spout to the world how smart they are is feked.
the drop in average IQ of the Reg comments over the last 10 years or so is so sad.
OP i feel for your frustration. It’s getting like reading 12yo’s arguing on reddit.
don’t see the point of the downvotes either. where I work most professionals have a company card, and are trusted to not be stupid with it. I could in theory buy $20k of beer & pizza one night but I don’t- because, you know, ‘professional’....
we’re not all waiting to burst free and run up bills for software just because we can.. somewhat like the mobile AppStore where we have a curated company one with supported apps (if you can call hour long waits for an offshore IT hell-desk before being hung up on so some IT pleb can make its ticket closed quota ‘support’), and the public Apple one where you can purchase but no support beyond internal self-help forums (which is usually more efficient than IT anyway). Desktops will go the same way to an extent. this is the early stage of that.
No problem with them doing that so long as the same logic applies to the exec's of, say, Colt, Browning etc. Hell even Ford (for the getaway car), and Yale (for the locks on their safe house)
For some reason, IT seems to have a higher standard-of-responsibility for end user actions.
one point that is missed above - the 'product' isn't the issue, even whether it works or not.
The software company in question 'Parakeelia' is owned/run by a political party*, who then pay (taxpayer supplied) funds into it, and receive very large 'donations' back.
Basically just a money laundering operation.
Any money spent on actually improving the product would reduce the slush fund for 'donations'.
*Parakeelia is registered to the same inner-Canberra office building as the Liberals. The company's directors include the Liberal Party's federal director and president. It is registered with authorities as being associated with the party.
I remember when they first introduced random drug tests to go with the random breath tests here.
Media circus arranged by police for the first use of the new booze/drug bus - cameras filming the first guy (a professional truck driver) who tested positive on the preliminary test, his identify splashed across all the TV channels. Reputation ruined. His wife and children in tears. Police and pollies bleating about how despicable this family man must be to drive with drugs in his system.
What a pity that the follow up lab tests showed 100% clear - and the preliminary test was faulty.
Bit late by then though...
Isn't the point to show that the data is going to be kept for years, so will all be 'old files' tucked away on dusty servers in compliance with government orders - just a big juicy target...
And of course beyond the hacking aspect, they surely won't be subject to the same sort of 'browsing' that existing govt databases suffer - no nosy official is ever going to look up the browsing habits of their daughter's new boyfriend are they.....
The aussie SAS crash (1996) was due to two Blackhawks clipping during a live-fire night training exercise. Terrible tragedy with 18 fatalities, but not mechanical failure. Survivng crew actually credited the construction of the blackhawk for getting out of the crash alive.
so if i bash a granny over the head with an iron bar that's OK and I can refuse to testify, but if I photocopy a page out of a book I'm such a threat that this right must be forgone??
sick sick world we're creating I'm afraid..... corporate profits must be protected. people can just be bred to meet demand...
the 'lock down all ports' comments were being made in a generic fashion relating to all users. That is simply not realistic. Even councils do need to pass data to people in unencrypted formats - tender documents to vendors etc.
Yes this person should NOT have copied the data. No question. The solution though is not a knee-jerk 'lock down all ports on all machines for everyone' - but to look at why they worked around what was in place and make the process fit in a way that they can use (and is simpler to follow than to avoid).
eg app that recognises the confidentiality level of the data and will only write it to appropriate media: unrestricted to clear usb, confidential to encrypted, secret blocked... - but that is dependant on useable rating system beyond the control of the user (or everything becomes unrestricted...).
Sooo many of us loose sight of the fact that ultimately IT systems are not an end in themselves - they are only there to support the business process. The modern version of paper shufflers who see their forms as being more important than the process that the forms are meant to assist..
If the systems are not supporting that business process (rather than being a process themselves) then they need work.
spot on. Make it simple and it will be part of the work flow. Make it complex (for the basic user) and it won't.
Simple for an IT worker is NOT simple for a middle aged clerk who uses PC's simply because they have to - not as a way of life... "just mount in Truecrypt" would leave 80% of users glassy eyed...
So many posts here say "just lock down the USB ports". Those posters need to get out of their ivory data centres and into the real world where people do actually need to give data to others (eg customers) on unencrypted USB's.
If the average user isn't doing what we them to -- it is OUR fault - not theirs, because OUR systems don't fit the real world work flow.
The building regs here are that if there is more than a 1m drop off the edge of a deck etc, you need a barrier 1m high
That's fine for a verandah, but when it's 8 stories in the air (like this was), then a 1m barrier is too low. Some carparks have wire mesh above the concrete car-barriers to prevent this sort of accident (which is what it was) - but not many.
The ridiculous part is the barriers around any sort of pool have to be 1.2m high, but a safety barrier to stop a 100m drop is only 1m...