Re: The light..
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1114 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010
The only way this should be legally allowed to happen in the UK is if we also introduce mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for everyone (unless there's a good medical reason not to). If you're going to allow the government to force remediation against computers being infected with malware, then you should damn well be ok with allowing them to force remediation against deadly infections. Lives aren't even at risk with the former, but they are with the latter.
Your success at signing into eduroam at other institutions or organisations comes to down to whether your home organisation has their RADIUS set up properly for external logins and if they've configured things correctly with JISC. Getting signing working at your home organisation is pretty simple getting it working elsewhere a little less so.
Yeah this has never been the case at any hotel I've stayed in in the UK ranging from travelodge and cheaper budget hotels to more expensive premium hotels. I've also literally never seen a difference online when booking either, many forms ask how many people are staying but this has no bearing on price.
I especially like the part where the police tracked him down from the IP address he connected from which was his own Virgin Media connection. I mean FFS there are so many ways to connect to the internet that are impossible or at least significantly more difficult than that to trace.
It's also intriguing to go back to the original cause of the grievance. Who was the person he tried to get into the hotel the company was paying for? The obvious options are his girlfriend/partner, but if that were the case you'd think the company might have been willing to stretch to letting her stay with him if he'd asked. The other option seems likely to be prostitutes, which would explain the relationship breaking down after he was charged when the story of his grievance came to light.
"If every single thing deleted could be rescued, but only by a technical person who knows the proper incantations, users would learn"
Really? Do you really honestly believe that? Because I can tell you now that you're 100% definitely wrong.
Aside from the built in Outlook/Exchange functionality that allows items to be retrieved from Deleted Items and even from Reoverable Deleted Items for a period of time after they've been purged from Recoverable Deleted Items, we still get not infrequent requests to restore from months old tape backups emails which were "accidentally" deleted 6 months ago. Repeat customers for these requests are no uncommon.
The problem is the sort of user who doesn't just write off an email they accidentally deleted x number of days/weeks/months ago is also the sort of person who is quite willing to repeat the mistake and then demand that IT fix it (or even take the blame for it going missing in the first place) because that's we're there for as far as they're concerned.
Countless times I've dealt with requests for password protected Excel files where the password has been forgotten.
Job is closed with a totally unsymptathic email saying we can't help, that they shouldn't use passwords on spreadsheets like that and strongly worded advice that the files should be secured by virtue of where they are stored not through proprietary app based passwords that only one person knows
As laudable as it is for Alessandro to take the heat, I would be reluctant to blame the "junior Oracle DBA" guy anyway. Sure he might have pulled the trigger on the wrong command but the bigger questions of responsibility are
Why did the senior DBA let him do it if he was really looking over his shoulder? If he wasn't really looking but was supposed to be then some of it is on him.
Who let the junior DBA have access to do this on the most important live databases if they weren't sure he knew not to do something like this and why?
While this clearly is marketing BS there is a certain truth to it. It depends how you define "fast". DAB has a higher bandwidth, so can transfer more data more quickly than a lower bandwidth analogue FM, transferring the same amount of data more quickly is arguably a reasonable definition of the word fast.
Before you argue that this isn't the case, consider whether two broadband connections that can both get 1ms latency to a server, but one is 24Mbps and is 36Mbps can one be said to be "faster" than the other or not.
Of course there is. Speaking from experience there a wide variety of qualities of phishing attacks, ranging from random middle eastern email address you've never heard of, sending poor worded emails with links to poorly constructed pages asking for credentials in broken English, to attackers deliberately compromising known partner organisations of their real target and then using their real email accounts to email the target institution with very well constructed emails with fairly genuine looking links to extremely well constructed pages including the organisation's logo etc.
Not to say some common sense and training wouldn't also help defeat the well crafted attacks, but there is most definitely a varying sophistication of attacks.
"Amazing to think that in war zones, bombed out hospitals keep operating."
Performing emergency surgeries in a bombed out hospital with the windows/walls half missing, and not worrying about getting paid for it, is not really a fair comparison to an NHS hospital in the UK.
For one thing, all the staff in that warzone hospital care about their patients, that's why they're still there.
"I voted to leave but all that's happened in the past two years is that Westminster has proven itself to be utterly unworthy of governing the people."
I voted Remain, not because I was that arsed about staying in but because:
A. I knew that our MPs were a waste of oxygen who wouldn't be able to sort it out properly
B. I didn't see the benefit, in terms of the whole "unelected bureaucrats" "sovereignty" and "making our own laws arguments. We've got far bigger problems with corruption (all of westminster) and unelected bureaucrats (the house of Lords) in our own country, before we worry about being part of the EU.
"Paid for and used properly they can considerably increase security while browsing, and not just smut."
The fact that you're paying for a VPN makes it neither secure or trustworthy. If you believe that's really the case I will happily take your money for the VPN service I'm about to set up.
I pinky promise not to log all your activity and sell it to either the government or ne'er-do-wells on the dark web.
If Samsung can survive phones literally catching fire and exploding I think Xiaomi can handle this. At least this marketing blunder hasn't harmed anyone or cost anyone anything, unlike exploding phones, and doesn't really reflect the quality of their products just the competence of their marketing team.
I don't know about anyone else but I don't buy my phones based on the quality of the marketing...
That's a little unfair, all the other major brand's lowest end phones are full of crap too.
However something like the Mi A2 is still relatively cheap at £250 (compared to the £1000 LG referenced above). That has pretty decent specs and runs Android One so is fairly pure Android with Google services, maintained and updated by Google on regular basis because it's Android One.
If data privacy is your concern maybe don't use the Internet at all.
I'd bet you posted your comment from a major browser on either a Windows PC or Mac or from an iOS or Android device so it's a bit late for worrying about that.
Personally I'd trust Xiaomi just as much (or little) as I'd trust Samsung or Google from a privacy point of view.
The hardware is pretty good anyway, I have a Mi Mix 2S and it's very good. If using Xiaomi's OS worries you, there is a working unofficial Lineage OS for it.
It's not just the software either. Your options for server hardware should not be iMac or Mac Mini form factors with single hard drive, or Mac Pro with multiple drives (assuming you use one of the older tower type not the new sexy cylinder jobs).
Want a server with enough storage physically attached to store the user profiles and work of a few hundred plus users? Yeah no help there sorry, you'll have to run a Mac Mini to manage the the users and then a Windows/Linux/BSD server or dedicated NAS/SAN appliance for the storage.
Want your server virtualised, as per industry standard operations these days, to help improve reliability and downtime (forget costs this is Apple we're talking about), nope sorry.
Most of us are left having to manage network users on Macs through Active Directory, with maybe a Mac "server" thrown in for extra functionality if required.
Maybe Boris Johnson is secretly running Apple, given the "F*** business" attitude that seems to be prevalent.
"so is MacOS and not once have i updated my 8 year old Macbook and had it forget how to play sound!"
Funny you should mention that but certain models of iMac had exactly that problem after updating to a particular MacOS, I forget whether it was Sierra or the one before that but essentially all the iMacs we had of a particular model stopped being able to output sound via the internal speakers following the update.
To be fair it was a trivial fix, plugging something into the headphone jack and unplugging it fixed it, but the principal is the same, it should never have happened.
In some ways you could blame Microsoft less for this, they can't realistically test Windows updates on every conceivable bit of hardware that it may be running on. Apple on the other hand have a much smaller set of hardware to test, and they make all of it!
"What does it run like on a modern 8th gen I7, 32Gb RAM, a 4Gb video card, & 250Gb SSD?"
This question makes me think of the scene from Lost in Space (the 1998 movie not the Netflix series), where they find the ship from the (relative) future and the computers are so fast they struggle to use them.
Also the fact that Matt le Blanc, Heather Graham or any of the other stars from that incredible cheesey movie haven't been given a cameo in the Netflix series seems a missed opportunity.
"A+ certification is a joke"
Yes, yes it is, and I say that as A+ certified technician.
A multiple choice exam where more than one answer is right but you can only pick one, or only one is correct they one they say is correct isn't, is not a good measure of anything except your ability to pass bullshit exams.
Unfortunately there is a lot of cheap tat around in Windows 10 tablets now, much as with Android. iwork chuwi and other odd brands all tend to be garbage. Linx I have mostly read good reviews of, apart from those where people were clearly expecting more than they should given the specs. I am quite pleased with mine.
As with all purchases of items not from major brands (and some of those from major brands frankly), read reviews and be sure of what you're buying before purchasing.
The WiFi dropouts should supposedly be better now, there have been driver and BIOS updates to fix it.
As for performance, like others have said it depends what you're doing with it. I tend to use small laptops/tablets as web browsers and remote desktop clients.
I had a HP 2in1 with a Bay Trail Atom and 2GB RAM previously, it was just about ok for everything I wanted, only lack of RAM let it down really. Given that this is a generation of CPU newer and twice the RAM it should do for me.
In fairness the being known as G thing might be more to do with stopping people mangling the pronunciation of Guillermo than it is to do with being hypercool.
In a world where people often don't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of names from countries other than their own, I'd imagine having people call you Gwill-err-moh instead of Gee-yair-moh becomes a little tedious after a while.
Statistics for probable data loss are all very well but they don't take account of the most important rule of data loss/recovery.
That is, if the statistics indicate that you may lose a file once every 8 years then it will happen at the worst possible time and/or the file will be the worst one you could possibly lose. AKA Sod's law.
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