I've got a OnePlus 3 kicking around somewhere - might well give it a try; a few bits don't work, sure, but early days....
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Re: To be fare (pun intended)...
The 350m was supposed to be financed by Brexit savings, so it emphatically was not given *from the source described*. Having our taxes increased to fund increases instead was not on the side of the bus. Also, "if we include Covid funding"? Pull the other one. Covid was a national emergency; in the same way that actually fighting a war isn't in the defence budget (it's funded by contingency funding from the Treasury) neither is a pandemic in the budget for the day to day running of the NHS. That's leaving aside that billions of that funding was trousered by Tory donors through unlawful contracts - and that was so blatant that the government doesn't dare appeal the verdict.
Not identical, but...
We have a firewall manufacturer, let's call them...TonicFall. They also provide a host-based content filter, which is actually pretty good in itself, but the management portal for it has become increasingly unreliable. Reports don't work at all ("this content requires Adobe Flash..."), and increasingly has just refused to load in multiple browsers on multiple machines. If you want to open a support ticket, you are prompted to use their portal - which automatically registers the fault as a P3 ("We really don't give a toss, now go away"). To raise a P2 or P1 you are advised to call them on one of the local support numbers on <link>. Link goes to a page of phone numbers where the support number...is a link back to the portal you just came from. And this is one of the reasons we're changing manufacurers.
Government-favoured child safety app warned it could violate the UK's Investigatory Powers Act with message-scanning tech
Honor 50 Lite: Google Play Services are back on Huawei's former stablemate but that's nothing to get excited about
Trial of Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes begins: She plans to say her boyfriend and COO Balwani abused her
Re: Dark, chaotic pit of not being able to access email or calendars
I know what you're getting at, and have experienced being in those interminable "I'd better cc EVERYONE" email chains, but there is little more annoying than being in the middle of a complex task that requires concentration and having someone rock up or phone with something completely unrelated that they expect you to deal with there and then. Make an appointment and I'll clear the decks for you and you'll have my complete attention. Rock up out of the blue, and I'll be less forthcoming.
We'd love to report on the outcome of the CREST exam cheatsheet probe, but UK infosec body won't publish it
Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version
Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s
The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout
CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream
Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets
Office 365 for the iPad will feel a little more desktop-ish now Microsoft has tossed it trackpad, mouse support
Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color
Re: Why use the word racist.
And that's why reductio ad absurdum is treated as a logical fallacy. Scenario: You are developing a technology to invigilate exams. This depends upon facial recognition. The people being invigilated may be black or white, but you only test on white people. Your product discriminates against black people because it can't recognise them. You didn't *intend* to adversely affect them, but you should damn well have tested your product to make sure that it didn't, and if you were unable to ensure that it didn't, you should not have certified that product as ready for use. That is casual racism; you do not intend to be racist, but you are, because you either do not consider the issue, or ignore it.
With H-1B workers not exactly rushing to America this year, Uncle Sam plans to spend millions home-growing IT staff
Microsoft? More like: My software goes off... Azure AD, Outlook, Office.com, Teams, Authenticator, etc block unlucky folks from logging in
BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?
Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations
Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks
We provide a batch file that does a backup of the stuff in users' documents/pictures/videos folders. They are told that anything important should go on the network (actually into our CMS). Do they use the former? Sometimes...but not often. Do they pay attention to the latter? Three guesses, but you'll only need one...
Not that I don't think this pillock should be prosecuted, I certainly do, but the contrast between their lightning-swift reaction to one guy on his own breaching RIPA as opposed to their glacial pace and unwillingness to act against a couple of big companies like, say, oh, BT and Phorm is somewhat noticeable.
Re: bigwigs had spent the last year working on ... "numbers totally unrelated to reality"
See, the problem isn't that you mixed the words up, the problem is that you attempted to lecture someone else who picked up on that and had a little (non-malicious) fun with it. Don't blame other people when you pwn yourself?
I'm wondering whether...
...Oracle are on the cusp of crashing; they are so abusinve to their customers (honestly the Redmond Beast is a fluffy teddy bear by comparison), and there are so many other options out there that they might be hitting the tipping point where people simply won't use them anymore. Oh happy day!
From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment
Re: Home printers are rubbish
Couldn't agree more. Last "genuine" ink I bought was appallingly bad; loads of gaps, wouldn't print some colours. Bought some generic stuff off Mamzon and it works much better. I still get the "you are not using genuine HP ink" message, to which my response is "You're damned straight I'm not, you thieving %#@£s!".