* Posts by Doogie Howser MD

183 posts • joined 9 Jun 2008


Workday shares slide following claims Amazon ditched company-wide HR system

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I wonder if the Bezos Boys will roll their own service now they've seen the competition's innards. It will be announced at Re:Invent with some quirky name and a completely unintelligible license model. Much like most of their products.

Capgemini awarded towering £600m deal to run London cops' IT infrastructure

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Pig in a poke

I've seen both monolithic contracts and also the "tower" model, either way, you're never going to get the result you want. The best part of tower arrangements is that the tower owners refuse to speak to each other and/or drag their heels because it might mean them losing money further down the line. Self preservation is the most basic instinct of all.

UK's Manchester University seeks integrator to lead fiddly Oracle Financials upgrade

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Cloud not optional

Based on other anecdotal evidence I've seen, MU will be strong armed into going onto OCI whether they really want to or not. Oracle are offering very "competitive" pricing to move stuff into their bit barns, past history would suggest you will be gouged in year 4 at renewal time.

All in all, make sure you know OCI if you're bidding for this.

If you can see this headline, you're certainly not reading it on Twitter: All tweets, notifications vanish

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Oh well

Do people still use it for serious purposes? The bile on there is industrial in quantity and quality.

Morgan Stanley hit with $60m penalty for failing to properly decommission old kit hosting 'wealth management' data

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"Morgan Stanley, which does not admit liability"

Wankers. Of course they're fucking liable (though maybe not in the jaundiced eye of the law).

With so many cloud services dependent on it, Azure Active Directory has become a single point of failure for Microsoft

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There's not now and there will never be a perfect solution to this, we live in an imperfect world. Where there is networking, storage, compute and a whole gamut of plumbing from different vendors making it all work, something will break at some stage.

That being said, I remember the last fairly major Azure AD meltdown and it turned out that the bulk of requests went to a Texas DC which fell over. Since then, Microsoft claim to have improved this but remember that underneath the hood, AAD is nothing more than a custom build of ADAM. It's not the same as "conventional" AD and so the usual rules don't apply.

Some people prefer on prem, and that's fine. Some people prefer cloud, that's fine. Pick the appropriate tool for the job, don't just follow dogma.

'Robbery, economic plunder, victim of larcenous cronyism and a heist'

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The nerve!

Pot, meet kettle....

Surprise! Apple launches iOS 14 today, and developers were given just 24 hours' notice

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Yeah but you have to travel 250 miles from your home to use it.

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Some praise for Apple (gulp)

I consider myself a big cynic of Apple, especially their "magical and revolutionary" schtick, but the main reason I moved to iPhone from Android is what is spelled out in this article - a clear lifespan for a device and regular OS updates. None of this garbage where a carrier has to certify it first and then add their own crapware.

I know we have Android One etc and Nokia kept up to date quite well, but it was still patchy in terms of device support in at timely manner.

Nvidia to acquire Arm for $40bn, promises to keep its licensing business alive

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"Someday, trillions of computers running AI will create a new internet"

Meaning even more bilious shite on Twitter.

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Re: So it goes

177K out of 320 million isn't a "huge pile", but I expected downvotes. Such is life.

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So it goes

Well while world leaders continue to over react to a virus that statistically has minimal risk to the man (or woman, or gender fluid) in the street, this is bound to happen. Reverse the lockdown, manage at risk groups (mainly care home residents) and get rid of those virtue signaling, placebo based "face coverings".

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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Are there any ransomware or hacking attacks that aren't sophisticated? Just askin'

How Bude: Google's sole-financed private undersea pipe to make a landing in Cornwall

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Missed opportunity

Should have called the cable "Vince".

Microsoft has speedy portable treats for locked-down princes and paupers alike with Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2

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Exchange Rate

Always good to see vendors go for the old 1:1 exchange rate. $399 == £399? I don't think so.

We know what you want to write: Google injects more AI into G Suite

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C'mon Microsoft

This is your big chance to bring us a cloud enabled version of Clippy. This time with AI.

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting

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One presumes turning it off and on again has not alleviated the problem.

Three customer having a quiet day on the work calls front ;-)

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images

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Missed Headline Opportunity?

"There is no data, there is only Vizuul"

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

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Re: A product of his time

Just glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. It's the Pareto Principle in action again, 80% of the horse shit these days is espoused by 20% of the people.

Jeff Bezos feels a tap on the shoulder. Ahem, Mr Amazon, care to explain how Capital One's AWS S3 buckets got hacked?

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Another grandstanding politician

I've not much time for Bezos but even less for politicians trying to make headlines. For starters, if S3 buckets are the attack vector then firewalls have sod all to do with it, S3 buckets are internet facing by design. Secondly, the instructions are clear on good practice - private by default (which new ones are now anyway) and don't embed secret keys in human readable code.

The other aspect to this story is that from what I can gather, it was an inside job anyway. So regardless of whose computer it was, if you have the keys to the kingdom, you can do what you like.

Microsoft unzips Zipline, lets world+dog have a go with cloudy storage compression tech

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Re: Pied?

Damn, beat me to it.

Is that rain or tears of frustration on your face? Google Cloud bursts, Console and Dataflow washed away for hours

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Re: Curious...

Probably because there aren't that many folks on Google Cloud. If it was AWS or Azure, the lynch mob would be out already.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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They'll use a fleet of refurbished ED-209s, obviously.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Lyca Customers

Time your networked moved off O2 and merged with Virgin Mobile. Then we can finally have a network called LycaVirgin.

Oracle: Go on, sign off on our exec pay packets. We've changed!

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On premise? On the premise of what?

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Re: London Ahead?

Let's be honest, it's all about the cash. Even if the UK leaves without a "favourable" deal (whatever that means), if UK tax laws get even more lax to encourage big business, that will be the deciding factor. How big are my bonuses?

x86 marks the spot: Dell reports upswing, keeps mum on going public

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Re: Okay, but the real issue

Or a class 5 full roaming vapour.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Marketplace is shafted too

"The portal is having issues getting authentication tokens for Microsoft_Azure_Marketplace."

For the love of fuck.

Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

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Nee Naw

Spelling, grammar and proper language use police here...

"from a traditional on-premise data centre to Amazon Web Services".

On the premise of what?

Using Microsoft's Hybrid MDM? Er, not for much longer

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Well done in shoe horning in a RoboCop cultural reference.

Now someone call a goddamn paramedic!

Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

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Re: I doubt there's any BV code in there

As I recall, it's a custom build of ADAM. There's a blog post out there somewhere On TechNet about it.

Ticketmaster gatecrash: Gig revelers' personal, payment info glimpsed by support site malware

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Convenience Fee

Now is my big chance to get my own back. For every attempted fraud attempt, I'm going to charge Ticketshyster £1000 "convenience fee", see how they fucking like it.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Perhaps it's my aged eyes, but to me, the foreground picture quality looks the same in UHD as it does in 1080P. The main quality difference I see is that the background is much sharper, so you can see Brazilian female fans in all their finery.


UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

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Spelling mistake

"CEO Lawrence Jones" should read "CEO Lawrence Jones MBE". Surely by now he must have changed his name by deed poll.

UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

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Bullshit Bingo Klaxon



VMware might just have cracked the container market with NSX

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Are you sure?

"Revenue for Q4 2018 was US$2.31 billion"

Last I checked we were only in March. Do they have a corporate DeLorean?

Roses are red, violets are blue, VMware's made a new vSphere for you

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I'm jealous of the fact you have requirements. Every project I work on I ask for these on day one, only to be met with the response "I dunno, what does <x> do?".

STOP! It's dangerous to upgrade to VMware 6.5 alone. Read this

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Sounds to me

Like it was the author's fuck up and he's writing it in the third person to pretend it was someone else.

I thought there'd be more Instagram: ICT apprenticeships down 20% in five years

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Re: Perhaps it's the obvious

100%, mate. If the experience of my son is anything to go by, few IT apprenticeships are worth their salt, just cheap labour.

In my day, an apprenticeship with a plumber meant shadowing them as they did work, doing bits and bobs and doing more as you got more competent. Doesn't seem like there's much quality checking (if any) around placements as I assume agencies get their finders fee and fuck the kids (not literally, obvs.)

VMware: Sure, you might run our stuff on bare-metal Azure, but we don't have to like it

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Why would VMware like it?

After all, it's just another off ramp from vSphere to the cloud...

Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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Re: This isn't just a spade...

Can't we just call a spade a spade anymore?

1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: How to solve Brexit.

What the fuck has this got to do with Brexit?

Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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What car?

Would a struggling McLaren Honda be more appropriate?

Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

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Cloud / Not Cloud

Careful with the terminology here - public cloud and what Fujitsu offer may be somewhat different. In my experience, it's just managed services - i.e. your VMs on their kit and they manage it for you. They don't offer PaaS or SaaS or anything that resembles public cloud, including characteristics such as consumption monitored billing or automation.

If the Aussie barn offers this then great, but don't lump Azure/AWS/GCP et al into the same bracket. They're not the same. And to re-iterate the point, don't keep a local (i.e. single DC) only copy of data that matters, I'd have thought in this day and age it would be obvious.

It's not sales bullshit, it's simple public cloud / managed services design.

Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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Bring out Kid Rock as well!

That's peak Silicon Valley right there. That's what makes the show so damn funny!

OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Re: Galaxy S7

Not strictly the same thing, but I have an old Samsung SM-P600 tablet that I update regularly with LineageOS builds, so I've always got the monthly security update on it.

Hundreds stranded at Manchester Airport due to IT 'glitch'

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Dick, I'm Very Disappointed

"You call *this* a glitch?!"

PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Watch out Richard!

The Pied Piper guys must be shitting themselves!

Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

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Re: Re:cloud computing

Agreed. We're not just talking about "someone else's computer" but a fleet of services such as video transcoding. API gateways, IOT gateways etc that are already built and ready to go. Cloud is so much more than IaaS.

As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Testing? Err...yeah

I couldn't help but wonder why a "database upgrade" (if indeed it was this) would cause such a profound effect on their website. I mean, even in the world of outsourcing they must have test scripts and maybe even blue/green or A/B environments for test/dev/staging to prod? (I know that might be a stretch).

In my experience, off shore staff do precisely what they're told, when they're told and nothing else. If they're told to click next next finish, they'll do it. Ultimately someone higher up the chain than button bashers should take the blame for a total lack of acceptance testing.



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