* Posts by Mark 110

811 posts • joined 2 Sep 2009


'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: Cut the blue wire

Hmmmmm - anonymising the wrong FTSE100 investment management database . . . That wasn't me. Innocent bystander.

Bit of DHCP downtime nothing to 48 hours downtime and a lot of sweating as to whether all the squillion trillions would still exist or not . . .

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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My current employer - global bank - has cancelled all restructuring that wasn't already a done deal til at least September/October. Fair play. The right thing to do.

As a contractor I remain nervous and trying my best to be indispensible . .

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: The Azure Behemoth


BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?

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Re: Dammit BOFH....

Best in ages. And so so true.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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Re: Old Codger Talks about the "old days"

"Once upon a time, software selection was done by writing a requirements document."

Oh ,my dear god. I remember those days. Now I get asked to sort the requirements out once the project is already in production. Its agile apparently . .

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Re: Had a recent train trip myself

"What bugs me the most is the increasing number of cyclists who cannot understand that the right place for their two-wheel monstrosities is in the carriage with the fricking BIKE RACK,"

Given that the bike rack tends to be full of one of:

- people who can't get a seat and look at me blankly when I suggest they let me put my bike in the rack

- push chairs

- luggage

- other bikes

I find I generally have to make do with what ever space I can find and try andd stay out of peoples way as best as I can.

And its not a monstrosity.

There are already Chinese components in your pocket – so why fret about 5G gear?

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Re: Biff, bash, boom

Shouldn't you be playing 'Pacific Rim'. More their culture . . .

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Re: Opium Wars..

Ta - always wondered.

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GCHQ have equipment handily placed in Telcos network cores. Thats what they do.

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Re: Manufacturing

But anyone can examine a network device and read the packet headers going in and see if theres unusual packet headers coming out. Beyond my technical capability but academically I know thats how a network device works. Shouldn't be too hard to monitor.

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Re: those concerns might also edge towards paranoia

Ban cars and roads. People are dying everyday.

Ban food. People might eat too much and need care & support.

You can't just ban stuff cos risk. Good article. Just ensure source code access and nothing iis being slipped in via a blob.

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Theres no domestic telecoms industry because Marconi made all the wrong decisions.

Dixons Carphone to London Stock Exchange: Yay, we grew 2% in the festive quarter. Oh, hang on, no we didn't

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Re: They've upped their game

I am in central Liverpool.

So I used to use Maplins for that need it right now stuff. Then Carphones/Doxons made a cheaper alternative.

Maplins have gone out of business.

Carphones/Dixons have closed their Liverpool store now.

World of pain next tiime I need something right now. Hour round trip drive out to out of town Dixons in Speke.

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

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TLDs - I am confused

I am a bit confused.

In my day back when I was small TLDs were for:

- Companies (.com; .co.uk, etc)

- Countries (.uk;.es;etc)

- Organisations (.org)

Probably some other stuff I forggot cos I am now old.

So when they said "OK lets open up TLDs to more" I didn't think they meant to then sell any old TLD to anyone. I didn't thinnk they meant Amazon could have .amazon or IBM could have .ibm. It breaks the old model. Sure . . . .sex or .dating or .homefurnishings or .cars. But handing out a TLD to a company whose name happpens to coincide with a geographical region just seems like weird and not what th TLD structure is for. Its not for individual organisations. Its to give logical organisational entititties a TLD home.

Its for logic. It probably shouldn't havee been done anyway as the old logic worked and all they have done is given organisations an infinite number of TLDs thyy now need to buy to protect themselves from scammers.

First question on any IT project. Why?

The answer in this case seems to be "To make more money for ICANN"

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics

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Re: Just a fine?

I think it said his liceense is suspended.

CES la vie: Shrunken Ultrabooks, muted mobiles and Segway's adult prams at world's biggest consumer tech show

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Re: Ultrabook?

My 5 years old Yoga does thatt. Not quite on the battery life maybe, but I don't go far from plugs.

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35

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Re: So why'd you do it then? @Rich 2

Given us contractors pay a shit load off tax, then making us all go permie is going to make it a smaller poo . .

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Re: More nonsense

I am really not a fake contractor. 10 contracts in last 15 years makes me outsidee IR35 afaik.

I know some faake contractors that have been with the same firm for 5+ years but its not the majority by any stretch.

Regardless off IR35 status they are choosing to work without employment rights so choosing to tax them as if they had employment rights is a bit on its head.

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019

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Re: Snapshots shouldn't be used as only backup for db workloads

Snaps good for app servers. Bad for business data.

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Re: Remember DR DOS? Word Perfect...?

When I was at Unilever 10+ years ago they were hyper-v-ing their whole estate and ditching oracledb for db2

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Most backups haven't been thought through. But it's relatively cheap to send tapes somewhere and feel warm and cosy even though if you thought it through you are just making tapes and paying people to handle them. They don't do anything.

I was at a FTSE top 50 savings investment org a few years ago overseeing service assurance for a data centre migration transformation. Anyway.

Techies proposed losing tape. Made sense. Business managers got diarrea cos they thought 6 years of tape backup covered their asses.

On investigation the app guy Jerry could remember one occasion in 20 years where he had gone yeah ok I will get a tape and have a look if what the business want is there. It wasn't.

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it

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Apple have spent alot of money on marketing and corners to develop a perception of luxury. Good products, nice corners, big marketing spend.

Microsoft are targeting differently. Not sure quite what. It feels like they are trying to make better tech but without the confidence to become a fmcg manufacturer like apple.

Ms are a software company after all whereas apple have made all their money from hardware.

BOFH: The company survived the disaster recovery test. Just. The Director's car, however...

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Directors and DR

Directors should not be allowed anywhere near DR planning. As all they do is say we want these apps back in this order.

It doesn't work like that. Though I guess we could pretend the active - active stuff wasn't still working so it looked like their pet apps came back first.

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Re: Disaster

I feel that pain.

Nothing like a power outage to expose your power contractors IQ.

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Wow. What a fuckwit. Hope he got sacked.

Business managers / directors kinda glaze over when I try and explain DR. They think the techies have a magic failover / fail back button not realising that you might be a year getting everything back to production if you really really really failed everything over.

Critical systems (bank mainframes for example) get failed back and forward regularly. Everything else relies on the big SRM button you hope will work when you need it.

Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you're asleep... or dead?

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I will report back

I have ordered one

Should get delivered next week. I will just turn the face unlock off if its a worry.

Anyway I will report back seems a bit weird they would drop the ball given all the debate when apple went down this rabbit hole

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

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Re: Were you bugging the office I worked in 20 years ago?

Those stats are weird as was highlighted on 'More or Less' thhe other day. The stats are based on permie salaries. But I doubt many good structural engineers work a permie salary. I imagine most big infra projects are hiring engineers on £500 - £2000k per day for the hard stuff.

Bit of a guess. But if I am earning £450 a day to overseee IT Service Management of an outsourced managed service thingy project malarkey then a guy that can build a bridge over the Mersey must be earning twice . . . please they must. Surely.

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Re: EM gives me headaches

That is fucking genius. If anyone ever complains to me about the EM from machines I will rightly point out the sun!!

(why didn't I think of this . . . getting old)

Hacker House shoved under UK Parliament's spotlight following Boris Johnson funding allegs

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Re: Because of her personal relationship...

Boris's love life history seeems to involve, getting married, fucking other women then lying about it. And having the odd child that he denies existance of. Not a hundred percent sure why these women find him attractive but lets face it I would do Jo Brand for an £100k grant . . . .

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

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Re: Total tax take

"I'm not too sure about the assertion about the fall in tax take from the wealthy and corporations either - I'll have to dig further."

Don't go looking for evidence to prove your argument. Bad science.

Go look at the evidence then come to a conclusion. You seem to have a conclusion without evidence.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

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Re: It's thick people

"This is why your average thicko in Wetherspoons, who has a "solution" to every known problem (albeit totally simplified and ignoring facts) shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a decision making process."

This is why referendums are a bad thing.

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"How could that be a bad thing in a Representative Democracy?"

Its a bad thing because then you start making policy based on the opinions of shouty people on Twatter instead of talking to your average everyday person (like me) that stays as far away from that toilet of garbage nonsense spouted by uninformed idiots as I possiblly can.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

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Hmmmmmm - I am starting to think my 2013 DS3 might be with me for some time if the new version will involve faffing with a touch screen. I want my controls near my fingers which are on the steering wheel.

Green search engine Ecosia thinks Google's Android auction stinks, gives bid a hard pass

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Re: Users can choose...

I have nothing to spy on. I am very very very dull :-)

Googles ad placement comes up with very boring things. Whats the point of it all . . .

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Re: "heir work was finished: Netscape was dead by then"

"data slurping and ads slinging is" - and thats search? Surely. Am I missing something . . .

Tech security at Equifax was so diabolical, senators want to pass US laws making its incompetence illegal

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Re: licence to act

I've always wanted a gun!!!

Probably a good thing I live in the UK and I couldn't justify one (I'm not a farmer).

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Re: GDPR down the throat

I am with the EU on this one. Take reasonable measures to secure your users data or go fuck!!

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away

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Re: "I'm not sure what the problem is then."

50 later this year.

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Re: "I'm not sure what the problem is then."

Sorry mate I'm British. I've never visited a prison but I would expect to be subject to the same kind of identity checks entering a prison as sometthing like jury service (rigorous). No problem with not letting people in prisons without confirmation of identity.

But as someoone said above the methods need to be publc.

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep

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You've prompted me to finaly get around to deactivating my Facebook. I never f_ing go near it anyway. Strangely I didn't see a "Delete account" opton . . . guess they still have my data.

Sigh :-(

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Re: Make them an offer?

Shouldn't we be working on a moonbase to replace the ISS. You know, somewhere wth a bit of gravity to make it more habitable and some raw materials around to save us having to hump everything out of the Earths graviity well.

Just saying. Bit of imaginatiion . . .

Armor Games admits all its users' deets slurped in database mega-hack as site moves to repair chink

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Market Opporttunity

Surely theres a markett opportunity here for all the numerous security bods to buld a protective template for customers. Out of the box protection.

You know just basic shit:

- we won't store your CCN (even thoough ts more convenient for you if we did)

- We'lll cross check the email password combo you tried to use against known hacked combos and warn you if you are using a hhacked combo and disallow it

- We won't store your DoB anywhere associated with any other details (realising that companies marketing depts need the age profile of their customers to operate but that it doesn't need to be connected to the actual customers other data)

Theres more but I'm hungry and its late. Sick to death of everyone tryiing to reinvent thiis stuff. It really shouldn't be this hard.

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49

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Re: Yawn.

Theres certain kinds of music that are hard to understand unless you are taking the right drugs. The Prodigys version of techno only really works with party drugs (speed, mdma). But Prodigy hit the charts on the back of a massive wave of popularity of that kind of music, the punk influences widened the popularity and thhe videos are great. Hence it hiting the charts.

If you've never indulged in party drugs, loved punk orr generally been a bit anarchic then I can see why you wouldn't like them.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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Re: Holy crap, Microsoft....

24 hours!!!! For A BANK!!!!!!

Grief. Its not brain surgery to put 15 mins in place and trivial to reduce that to 30secs if you have the bandwidth / processor / storage to backup the T-logs.


More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

True. And in accordance wiith that law it would appear that 33 years ago I raped my girlfriend. She was approaching 16. I had already 'become a man' (though my perfomance left sometihng, oh ok everything, to be desired. When she said "Is that it"? I nearly died.

Theres nothing llike losing your virginity :--(

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Re: So...

As well as being a complete sex obsessed pervert, I am also scfi obsessed, it has to be said, which I don't consider a bad thing.

And its always nice to be able to throw a bit of Ursula Le Guin into a discusssion on gender politics or socioeconomics.

And never hard to drop a bit of Joe Haldeman into discussions around the futiility of military-indusstrial complex.

I can even drop a bit of Arthur C into peoples Sri Lanka holiday stories.

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Re: So...

I read all kinds of XXX rated filth when I was 11. My dad used to take me to the library every saturday morning before swimming to get my 4 books for the week. The fact I was working my way through the sifi section of the library from A-Z and diidn't actually realise some of that shit was much more graphic than his CofE princiiples might hhave recommendeed escaped him.

And so I have lived my life as a sex obsesssed pervert. I blame my dad. Or the library. Or the scfi authors. Or someone. There has to be someone to blame!!!!!. The Daily Mail said so . . .

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Happy New Year El Reg

Seconded. Happy New Year all!!

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: You missed one...

Theres some fella comes past my flat in Liverpool occasionally on one oof those. It seems to have a built in soundsystem playing banging techno . . . .

He looks quite pleased with himself </shrug>

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Re: What a sac of vipers

It doesn't souund like the project was suitable for Agile anyway. Not in the first instance anyway . . . "embarking on re-planning activities that not only adversely affected the project but also frustrated rather than assisted the Claimant's purported aim of vacating its legacy data centre,"

So if the aim is to lift and shift why are you running an agile project which is good at introducing new functionality. If you want to rewrite and replatform existing functionality as part of the migration then thats big bang waterfall - do an agile thing after to deliver new functionality once you got the hard bit out of the way . . .

My 2 cents, and I worked on the Coop Bank website replatforming (to IBM) so have some scars.



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