Re: This is interesting
Well, they need to find another way to operate. Governments tend to look down on companies who think obeying the law is too hard. The tide is turning against multinationals making their own rules.
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I dunno, while locking the stable door after the horse has bolted is not actually a bad thing, this feels like locking the stable door the horse exited *while leaving all the other stable doors as they were*. There are a lot more and a lot worse bad hats in the world than these dumb students. Its hard to believe that no-one else has done the same thing,
I've never taken a job that was more than about 15/20 minutes from home. When moving house one of the first considerations has always been one ride public transport and reasonable distance to work. You don't have to go that far back in time for the majority of the workforce to live within walking distance of their workplace. The big commute is something we've done to ourselves. For excellent and well founded reasons no doubt, but still fundamentally self inflicted.
When you consider the waste of energy, time and everything else that long distance commuting represents, maybe its something that has to change?
Seems to me that if a malign covert agency wished to insert something into the Linux code base then an obvious thing to do is devote a lot of time to developing entirely beneficial updates, and insert their desired malware as just one item within a large number of entirely benign updates. What is more, in such a situation it might even be possible to blame an unknown 3rd party for the malicious code, and retain credibility. This would require the agent to have commitment to play a very long game indeed, but such agents are not entirely unknown.
Plastics will have long degraded, although I'm not quite sure what they'll degrade into. Some sort of vaguely oily stain in the ground polluted with all sorts of odd elements perhaps? Maybe more than 1,000 years for the process to complete. Concrete structures perhaps? Rebar will presumably corrode out and shatter reinforced concrete structures, but roman concrete survives.
As a teenager I had a summer job in a nursing home as kitchen hand. Management changed and new manager was 3 weeks behind paying wages. Any complaints were greeted with "If you don't like it you can leave". I waited until the afternoon just about everyone was out for one reason or another and itwas him and me and a huge pile of washing up, and tackled him. Usual response. Oh, how I enjoyed shutting the door behind me and leaving him in deep whatever...
I have phoned up a customer to find out why their server is down to be told they had a break in overnight and the server was stolen.
And all the backup tapes.
"Oh, is that why you told us we had to take a backup tape home? It seemed like too much bother so we stopped doing it"
Thing is private hire damn well ought to be expensive. You are paying for a trained and insured professional to give you an individual service in a provided vehicle which as often as not (at least out here in the sticks) will be doing double your trip mileage in order to provide the service. And then we get onto the environmental impact etc...
Is that the recipients were entitled to the money, if not actual right then and there. But when there's serious money you get serious fights. A ballsup at a place I worked saw the entire month's payroll - and it was a very big payroll - paid to a single account. The mistake was spotted as it happened, and the recipient never saw the money appear in their account. But the building society that received the funds refused to reverse the transfer until all is were dotted and Ts crossed. In the meantime my employer had to borrow the money to duplicate the entire payroll and pay it to the correct people, and it was a decidedly non trivial sum in interest.
When technology has been used to deskill every job so that they can all be undertaken by interchangeable peons who can be replaced at the drop of a hat with minimal loss of productivity then the power of collective bargaining is minimal. When sacking half the workforce would mean a catastrophic drop in production and a near impossibility to find sufficient skilled workers to replace them then collective bargaining had real teeth. If on the other hand you can sack half the workforce and replace them with third world workers who just have to follow the pictures and be up to speed in a week then...
You can replace 'like most solicitors' with 'like most banks/insurance companies/utility companies/ISPs/mobile phone companies/etc etc'
The 21st C seems to specialise in god awful customer service. I suppose its because so much business is driven by search/comparison etc, but it's depressing.
As I recall with 3.x, which used dos to do the initial boot, you needed to write an autoexec.bat if you wanted the server to come up without stopping at a dos prompt: the install didn't create one for you. I recall writing a little assembler utility that slowly wrote a row of dots on the screen which was press any key to abort processing autoexec so servers would come up unattended, but it was easy to abort.
Of where current levels of inequality are heading. You surely don't think all that anger is just about the election? Dramatic increase of inequality as a result of the greed of the executive class is approaching levels that have resulted in revolutions. Better wise up or there'll be silicone Valley execs hanging from lampposts.
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Yes, with MCAS eliminated a typical crew would be able to fly the plane perfectly safely in typical circumstances. But the control weight requirement, which is universal, not just US, eliminates a very nasty handling vice. What happens is that if the aircraft is pitched up higher than it should be, whether by pilot or bizarre circumstance (wind effects for instance) the control goes light, and the whatever newtons of force you were applying to the controls now push the elevators to the stop. So a solution was definitely needed, or sooner or later some poor crew, most likely aided by meteorology, would have stalled the aircraft, and possibly too low to recover.
Suggests that the attackers found a flaw in Godaddy's procedures they were able to exploit rather than an actual problem with gullible staff. And since the poor peons who work in such places are aggressively required to follow the procedures to the letter rather than apply any knowledge or thinking to the task, once the bad guys had found a procedure to abuse they would be able to run through with hobnail boots on.
Neither of those is true. Composite structures most definitely have a limited life, and plastic doesn't last for ever. As a general rule the nastiest additives in plastics are the ones put in there to try and stop it disintegrating at the first sign of UV light...
Or worse still when there's only one company you trust to do the job, but they fail to win the tender, and the winning company goes on to comprehensively **** up the project just as you knew they would. I recall at least one case where we started unofficially working on how to fix what we were sure was going to be a nightmarish delivery before it was even delivered to us...
We seem to live in an age when customer care is a pretty low priority for a lot of companies I deal with. Forcing your staff to keep to the precise letter of a script, banning all initiative and refusing to delegate any responsibility or decision making capability to anyone in customer facing roles seem to be regarded as far more important.
I recall when management thought it would be a good idea to have a single helpdesk for everything. So the hapless souls from the property department were stuffed in a corner of the helpdesk area and the theory was that lightbulb and blocked toilet calls would go to them, and the users would have a single point of contact. Of course there was no call routing at all, so the poor sods would pick up the phone with IT calls, be quite unable to do anything with them, and at busy times be unable to find anyone to pass it on to. I forget all the various things that went wrong, but it didn't last too long...
Back in the day the story was told of an expensive satellite link and an early snmp implementation. The unwise network admin thought it would be a good idea to confiure all his routers to send an snmp trap if their links changed state. You can tell what's coming, can't you. Yes, he forgot to exclude the satellite link. And better yet, he didn't have a minimum call duration, so as the story goes the line dropped, snmp sent a trap, the line went up to transmit it and dropped again. And better yet, it continues, he hadn't allowed for the minimum period, so, like your ISDN bill, the satellite bill was for many times what having the link up 24 hours would have cost. And in those days satellite bills weren't cheap like ISDN...
...have clearly had zero experience of large organisation software licensing and the byzantine complication thereof. But ultimately all that counts is the bottom line. Hopefully you get the license cost, however ridiculous or frustrating or just plain unfair its basis (at least two, quite possibly all three) beforehand and build it into your business case. After that its just another number in the project. And you think, yeah, if we'd spent six months arguing about the licensing and understanding ir properly maybe we could have saved umpteen thousand quid, but the delay to the project, the time spent arguing, not to mention all the staff effort spent and all the rest would have cost us a damn sight more, so WTF would be the point?
Because if you have limited skill sets and resources in your organisation its a lot easier and cheaper to go with a platform you already have staff trained in and understand than it is to introduce a new one. In this sort of context the cost of the processor and OS is a trivial part of the TCO.
Ah yes, the system that first brought the realisation to me that anonymity on the internet was going to be 1% legitimate and 99% abuse. And that the people running such things would have their heads so far up their metaphorical posteriors that they wouldn't give a flying **** about the abuse. And so it has turned out...
I don't really recall a time in the too many years I worked there that BAU at SCC wasn't on max cost savings. Going away to conferences and things and finding out how much better funded one's oppos up north were was always kinda depressing. Even more depressing, though, was the way funds could always be found for exciting big projects that would look good on an execs CV, but never for little low profile stuff that might say reduce the number of helpdesk calls and give a better service to the users and thus taxpayers.
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