* Posts by Franco

758 posts • joined 11 Apr 2008


IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Mandatory Experience

Rather depends on the role though, and who's doing the reading.

I had a contract last year with no interview at all. Recruiter called me to say they liked my CV, when could I start? I said the following Monday, they said fine and got the PM in charge of the project to call me on the Friday. His exact words were "Your CV says you've got the skills, if you're full of shite we'll get rid of you"

Conversely my next role was with a recruitment company. Interviewed by a techie and team lead, got the contract, but HR weren't involved and spat the dummy so it took 2 weeks of thumb twiddling before they would approve my account creation.

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Re: And so it ever was.

"HR drones don't use terms like redundancy! They say you are "affected"."

Kind of like how trolls on El Reg post as "Anonymous Coward"?

£40m wasna enough for ink and toner cartridges in public sector, says Scottish government

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Yep, price gouging has been a major issue (IME) with the projects I've worked on

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"It might even include the town council of Stoney Bridge, as far as we know, but that would be a niche joke."


Same niche joke.

Leaving that aside though, framework contracts are a joke. Nice idea in principle to use public sector economies of scale to drive prices down, but has failed spectacularly.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Re: Gets my vote...

I remember buying some Christmas gifts from iwoot.com back then and receiving a free gift, which was a keyring version of the Nokia charger you could attach a 9V battery to in case you ran out of charge. A very early version of the powerbanks that everyone seems to have now.

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I have observed that this is also the case on other car manufacturers from the same country, in fact I'd say Audi drivers are now worse than BMW drivers at least in my area.

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No, they'll put the price up for the privilege of not having them, a trick they got from BMW who used to charge a fortune for the privilege of not having an ashtray or lighter fitted to your car.

As much as I hate Apple though, it's a sensible move if everyone does it. I've got loads of headsets and chargers from old phones, and don't even use the charger for the phone I do have because I got a USB desktop charger so I could plugin all the other stuff I have that uses USB as well

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: I used to do the print/sign/scan thing...

It's rather ironic that in trying to illustrate that DocuSign might not be secure you link to a site that has Firefox immediately telling me that it's been the victim of a huge credentials leak in 2019....

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It's no great surprise, we've had loads of requests for home printing and pretty much all have been vetoed on security grounds.

From my own point of view, I bought a printer/scanner a while back as being a contractor I often have to print out contracts, sign in various places and then scan back in and return. Even this over the last couple of years has stopped being a thing, with services like DocuSign negating the requirement to print things out just to sign them.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: More Middle Manager insecurity

I have seen a rash of posts in LinkedIn over the last week or so from people complaining about micro-management even whilst WFH. Not being online in Teams/Skype/Zoom etc at the normal start time or not taking lunch/breaks at the usual time being some of the favourites.

I have also observed that the only requests I have seen for video calls rather than just audio on Teams etc are from more senior people, both in terms of rank and age.

Sophos puts 100 at risk of redundancy as future of Naked Security blog hangs in balance

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Yep, I have a bit of fear for Veeam as well


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Re: AV vendor needed

Well aware that I will attract flack for this, but IF you are Microsoft shop and already using either or both of SCCM or Microsoft 365 then Microsoft Defender is a decent option. The SCCM client license also includes an Endpoint Protection license (hit by the Micros~1 rebrand gun to Microsoft Defender now) and it's also included in Microsoft 365. Detection rates are comparable to the competitors and they scored pretty highly on the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant.


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Always liked Naked Security (even have one of their t-shirts which gets an airing every so often when I'm doing rack moves or things like that) so would be sorry to see it go. Neither the products nor the support are as good as they once were IME though.

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Re: For whose value of "false & misleading"

""close to 18000 false or misleading statements"

Have you actually read them all? Last time I looked there were countless references to, for example "Russia hoax" as an untruth."

Of course not, that's why I linked to a third party article backing up my statement, something that you seem to have overlooked.

Of course you will denounce my reference as some sort of deep-state conspiracy or call me a butthurt libtard or some other variation thereof for pointing out that you are talking shite.

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Prime example of the problem. Trump sees himself being fact-checked when he says something demonstrably false as a personal attack on him, when in fact he is being called on spreading misinformation.

I DO NOT want politicians blocked just because I don't like them, but I DO want obvious hate speech blocked and I DO want people held to account when they spread misinformation. Of course though anyone who is fact checked will then turn partisan and accuse social media of stifling their voice.

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It's a sad day for Facebook when Twitter holds the moral highground over them.

FB can't have it both ways though, in some countries (E.g. Myanmar) they hold such an influence over internet access and news reporting that they are perceived almost to be "the internet" (largely due to free access to FB from mobile providers with no data charges) yet refuse to employ sufficient people to adequately monitor that content. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_genocide#Facebook's_role_in_the_genocide See also episode 5.23 of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

I genuinely can't think of one single good thing about FB, from their advertising and slurping practices to their refusal to censor obvious hate speak or false content. If anyone is still counting, Trump has made close to 18000 false or misleading statements and has been barely censored by Twitter and not at all by FB. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/president-trump-has-made-more-than-18000-false-or-misleading-claims-fact-checker/vi-BB12AnFG

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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"How can you get both sides of a story"

That's exactly Trump's endgame, to make sure you can't. Classic dictator tactics, he has denounced most of the news media as "fake" and told his supporters to get their news from him, which worked as long as Twitter was playing ball and not treating Trump's account the same as all the others

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Re: Hitler, literally

You can try, but logical and reasoned arguments citing sources don't mean anything to these people, hence why we're having to have this conversation over Trump being fact checked.

A part of me would be quite happy if the cesspool of social media was removed from the Earth though.

cmd.exe is dead, long live PowerShell: Microsoft leads aged command-line interpreter out into 'maintenance mode'

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Re: Tried bulk rename?

Yeah, that's going to be the issue for me too. I have lots of little CMD files in various Task Sequences in SCCM, because things like registry adds and file moves are much quicker to write and much easier for people to understand once I'm gone in CMD than they are in PowerShell.

A prime example is installing .NET 3.5, which is still an often required pre-requisite sadly. IME (this might just be me) the PowerShell methods for installing this are wildly inconsistent and less than reliable, whereas doing it from a CMD file via DISM is pretty much bulletproof.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

Not disputing that Excel can do the job, hell I use it myself a lot when working with CSVs for data input to PowerShell scripts etc. I've even used it on rare occasions to produce rack diagrams as the cells map nicely to rack units, even though Visio is a much better (albeit much more expensive) tool for the job.

The problem (IME) is that in my long-past helpdesk days I've been on the receiving end of more than one incandescent user ranting about my crappy network because 15 of them are trying to edit the "Sales Database" (an Excel doc with about 100 subsheets) at the same time across the network. This has happened even at companies who have purchased software for this very purpose to replace Excel that the users don't like and won't use, and no amount of explaining that the file created 15 years ago when all this was fields and there were 2 users isn't designed to scale to a multi-user environment ever gets the message across.

Excel is a prime example of the mantra "if the only tool you have is a hammer everything starts to look like a nail"

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Re: Excel excels

No doubt there's a lot to like about it, but also a lot to hate. Mostly (for me) the people who think it's a database program and expect it will happily keep 20 years of sales data and be usable in a multi-user environment

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Can I sneak the code out of the USA if I inject the sauce? Asking for a friend.....

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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Re: Great v Good

I would agree about the emotion aspect, which is why I would put Bleeding Me for example as one of the all time great Metallica songs given James's well known addiction issues. Metallica would probably be much more highly thought of as a band if they put a muzzle on Lars to be honest.

Agreed also on missing live music, I was lucky in that on Friday 13th March just before we went in to lockdown in the UK I saw The Subways in Glasgow which was a really good show. Should also have seen Hands Off Gretel last month but that has been postponed till November.

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It's pretty harsh to say they haven't made any great music in the last 30 years. I'd rephrase it personally as since they stopped listening to external producers and trimming the fat from their albums that things are much less focused and not as good. By all account James would prefer this approach, but Lars has always wanted to fill every available minute on a CD.

St. Anger aside, it's a hard listen, but Load and Reload would have made one really good album, and trim the bloat from Death Magentic and (especially) Hardwired and they would be much better IMO.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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I wasn't even aware this was a thing until recently. I was taught to always use 2 spaces after a full stop, and about 2 months ago I submitted a document to a fellow contractor for his feedback and he went off on a rant about single spaces being the way to go. He was the only one in the team, everyone else defaulted to 2 as well.

Surely though this should be an either/or option in Word? There's no way anyone is going to break the habit of years of bashing away on keyboards just because Microsoft say so.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Is he even capable of a full sentence?

If you're a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he did a show a few weeks back (5th April) about how Fox is no longer Trump's go to channel. Now it seems to be something called One America News Network, which is even worse

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Interesting article, but did anyone else see the acronym MEV and immediately think of Captain Scarlet?


In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: MacBook Wheel

That was my immediate thought too, that life had imitated art.

I actually re-watched that video recently and shared it with an Apple-loving colleague. He found it hilarious to be fair.

Can't wait to see some of the justifications Macolytes will come up with for why they need these and why the price is justified.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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It's referenced in the game, it's to do with the "eternal" struggle between good and evil.

Or it's a cynical excuse to keep making new games, depending on your point of view.

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Re: Sorry, not interested

Thankfully there aren't too many of them, but those arena fights with either a buff totem or (even worse) an Arch-vile are at least as challenging as the boss fights.

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Re: I prefer the original

I play both, along with Duke Nukem 3D and a few other games, quite regularly on DOSbox on my laptop.

Anyone who pre-ordered Doom Eternal also gets a free download of Doom 64, and there's an easter egg in Eternal where you can play the original 2 games similar to the vintge levels in the 2016 game.

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Re: I suck at FPS...

Hehe, that reminded me of the old Sierra online games such as Space Quest where you had to save every 14 seconds because of all the ways there were to die.

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Loved the first 2. Doom 3 was more Alien to the first 2's Aliens though, closer to horror/survival than the run and gun roots of the series.

Lots to like about Eternal for me, and lots to hate. It got a bit repetitive for me at times, massive arena fight then move on through some puzzles to the next massive arena fight. The puzzles were just annoying to me, rather than the old style Doom method of finding keys and switches to progress there were loads of jumping/platform style sections with really erratic mechanics (particularly the ones with the chain of circles to boost you the next platform in one level) so almost all of my extra life power ups were lost to repeated falls rather than combat.

Good array of weapons though, good level design, as always sterling work from Mick Gordon on the soundtrack (also did Doom 2016 and the recent Wolfenstein games among others) and some new twists on old enemies and bosses kept it mostly interesting. Might end up trying the Battlezone mode as well, purely because I don't have much else to do right now like everyone else.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: Great timing...

It is weird, but unfortunately it's (IME) the only option. I drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh every morning (when not on lockdown) and BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland travel reports are the best available (low hurdle to clear admittedly). The "local" stations are Radio Clyde and Radio Forth, who only ever seem to report on traffic issues actually in either Glasgow or Edinburgh respectively and not anywhere in between.

That said, I did recently have a courtesy car as someone ran in to the back of me on the M8, and got good reception of Planet Rock on DAB all the way along the M8. Which was nice.

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Re: Nope.

"even smart meters struggle to work........

.....unless Ofcom can overcome the laws of physics."

With my usual cynics hat on, I bet the laws of physics are no deterrent to either Ofcom or the utility providers, who are determined everyone will have a smart meter whether it works or not.

I kind of want a James Doohan as Scotty icon for any posts concerning the laws of physics BTW.

Microsoft qualifications will pad the CV for another year, Teams for ventilator boffins, and Windows 10 threatened with very retro news app

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I'm working towards the optional Hearts Specialisation.

Good news for me though, I bought a voucher to finally do my 2016 upgrade exam and was afraid I'd lose it cos the test centres and online bookings are always mobbed at the best of times when there's exams expiring, never mind with the current backlog.

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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I'm obviously special, I got the message twice. Thought it was a bit pointless to be honest, till I saw the queue outside the local pharmacy with less than half the people observing the 2m distance and then got home from the supermarket to read about idiots having barbecues.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Fuck that, those OCD types will be too scared to touch a member of the opposite sex so humanity would be doomed anyway.

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Re: Add to the singing ban

I'm OK, I am the neighbour with the electric guitar. Trying to avoid 11 though....

Freetime is set for me, Doom Eternal arrived yesterday.

Already have the office, am supposed to be moving house next month so had a trip to IKEA yesterday to buy new office furniture for the new house. Also had a chuckle on our catch-up call yesterday afternoon at couples who are already fighting over who gets to use the living room and it's TV screen as their home office.

Remember people, this too shall pass. Look after yourselves and each other.

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

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I'd be quite happy with that, would give me a break from idiot users who refuse to read instructions and demand that IT do everything for them.

Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

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Re: No FB for me, ever

I use it as a Firefox downloading tool.....

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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Indeed, I am glad that I don't sass him. He's probably a fan of Vogon poetry.

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING

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Must forward this to the people around me at my current contract, who think I'm MacGyver for the amount of stuff in my backpack. Assortment of cables, wallet containing USB flash drives, pens, pads, MucOff cleaning kit, roll of insulating tape, Leatherman multitool, maglite and most importantly my cafetiere mug and coffee.

Enable that MF-ing MFA: 1.2 million Azure Active Directory accounts compromised every month, reckons Microsoft

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Re: enforce MFA - base level security policy

We're trying to roll it out here. Myself and the other contractors and the IT managers are pushing hard for it, but user resistance is high. They're about to receive this article in their inboxes as a pre-emptive reponse to "why are you doing this?"

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could

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Any mention of a Miner Willy game immediately causes me to have "In the Hall of the Mountain King" on continuous loop in my head, so thanks for that El Reg.

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

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Re: Digital signage fail

That was probably lost in the intolerable air of smugness generated by the door as it was about to open.

Sure, check through my background records… but why are you looking at my record collection?

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Re: I suppose they'd raise an eyebrow or two ...

Apologies in advance for this one.

A former colleague was rather fond of using wireshark as a deus ex machina. In fact his favourite phrase was "just wireshark the fuck out of it."

Sadly, whilst he was wiresharking the fuck out of it he would also sing wireshark instead of baby shark.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Re: Who voted for Bezos as President?

Good to see the Chewbacca defence is alive and well.

Microsoft crack habit reports: User claims Surface Laptop 3 screen fractured again after repair

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Re: "Physical damage do[es] not happen if there is no external force"

Yep. Many years ago I worked for a PC manufacturer and laptop screen issues would not be logged for replacement without pictures of the screen. This was due to the cost of sending engineers out to replace parts which were clearly user damaged from the visible outline of the pen they had left on the keyboard when they closed the lid. Or in one case, a tin of Vaseline lipbalm.



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