* Posts by Locky

533 posts • joined 7 Apr 2010


Cloudflare: Someone tried to pull the Twilio phishing tactic on us too


Re: Am I missing something ?

Indeed TOTP systems are a pretty poor second factor.

While timed 2FA codes aren't perfect, they are a step up

Slack leaked hashed passwords from its servers for years


Dónde está Paris?

Slack, a tool promoted by Marketing departments for years because "it bypasses all those pesky IT rules and just works", is insecure?

I am shocked

Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected


Outsourcing problems are generally in house

I've been involved in a number of outsourcing programmes and they have all fallen apart because the old in-house teams had the undocumented knowledge.

Management are sold the dream that an off shore team can do the same job as the more expensive incumbent, and they probably could. But changing an entire team all at the same time without every single process fully documented down to the smallest keypress is going to cause problems.

The depth of the knowledge gap is generally only found once the original teams have been let go and the first big change fails to make it's mark and only then does the value of constancy become apparent. The outsourcers will deliver what they promised, but what is often missed is that the terms of a contract is the maximum you will receive, not the minimum

Investment firm KKR buys Barracuda Networks


Management speak

For "a tremendous opportunity for long-term growth" read "sweat the assets"

BOFH: You drive me crazy... and I can't help myself


Re: Been there and *redacted* that

I used to work for a company that Avaya acquired. This doesn't surprise me at all.

We also had the 0208 numbers where the corresponding 0207 ones were Scotland Yard Special Branch. I had some amazing wrong number confessions

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA? Gartner analyst says OK — but don’t be robotic about it




Ex-Geeks staff lose legal bid to claw back withheld training costs from final paycheques


I'd challenge the Director Cost

So making them pay for their mentor, I guess that's "reasonable", but the director is protecting the corportate image, not training the newbie.

I would have retorted that the Director is actually training the mentor for things he should have picked up initially

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent


She's no angel

Yes, it's down again: Microsoft's Office 365 takes yet another mid-week tumble, Azure also unwell


Re: Do you remember?

It almost like all IT projects are either centralisation or decentralisation, and all we do is move the "You are here" arrow between the two...

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


The need for speed

Reminds me of something a old BOFH told me back in PFY days.

In terms of the cost of DR, never underestimate the cost saving a speeding techie with a boot load of DLT tapes in their car.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: And so it ever was.

The change HR did affected your job, you are effected

Things can't go on like this. You need to get fit for the sake of your health. I'm going to write you a prescription for... an e-bike


I concur. A e-bike may be a gateway to the patent taking up normal cycling but didn't because of the initial fitness barrier. Could be interesting to see how this pans out.

Of course, if half of them get nicked or end up in a canal because the owner doesn't care for them as much as they would it the asset was their own it would be particularly good value for money.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)


Re: with respect to the UK app

But they are already all millionaires....

Google productises its own not-a-VPN secure remote access tool


Zero Trust and Google

Yup, checks out

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'


There's a "You're wearing it wrong" joke in here, I'm sure of it...

VMware plans to give vSphere power to automatically patch everything running in a VM


Old functionallity

Back in the good old days of vSphere3, Update Manager used to be able to apply Windows updates to VMs, until MS gave them a cease and desist.

Feels like a long time ago now, but so does February

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...


They should ditch Zoom

Houseparty is what all the cool kids are using these days

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband


Re: Since when did a hedgerow need gigabit broadband?

Pwooor, look at them tits

Private equity ponies up £2m to help launch satellites from sunny Shetland by next year


Re: Ideal

Oh course it's ideal, being the one of the most northerly points of the UK it's closer to space, and so will save on fuel.


BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer


Hardware drivers, BIOS handshaking, flux capacitor decoupling

That exactly the point we're at in our W10 project too

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Me to, with thanks to the commentards here for the recommendation of Bitwarden

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown


Re: Still a TSB Customer? WHY?

First Direct. I know it's technically HSBC, but at least the call centre staff are polite to you when they have IT issues.

BOFH: You brought nothing to the party but a six-pack of regret


Priority calling at Samaritans

That's my "not laughing at jokes that will send me to hell" resolution broken then

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?


Re: We still need a name for this

Oh no, not again

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn


Re: Google

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Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired


Re: Do you think

"When in this situation, either quit or call a lawyer"

Which is probably what they did. The fact that they all had to sign an NDA to keep their severance suggests they got the best they could. If they didn't follow company procedures by involving HR, they would have not even got this and would have been hung out to dry.

HR kept the damage costs to a minimum by removing the lowest paid problem

Following the wild, roaring success of its Snapdragon 8cx Arm laptop chip, Qualcomm's back with the 8c, 7c


It's a very functional tool

But what is she going to do with that pickaxe?

Whoooooa, this node is on fire! Forget Ceph, try the forgotten OpenStack storage release 'Crispy'


Thermal Incident

We had a message from out CoLo DC team that one of our racks had discharged it's non-Halon gas over night one morning.

After a few calls to HP, the report came back for the warranty replacement kit as "To be fair, C7000 enclosures very rarely catch fire"

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light



So they've updated the radio waves to increase their speed now?

Video-editing upstart bares users' raunchy flicks to world+dog via leaky AWS bucket


Re: I wonder if....

The former. S3 buckets have no public access by default.

Google Cloud on the other hand....

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


Re: Just the start

Is this the super Canada-plus deal I keep hearing about?

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election



Back in the late 80's I did a Economics A level, and I distinctly remember the text books (remember them kids) stating that county wide infrastructure, phone lines, train lines, roads etc, are poor candidates for privatisation as there is no way to have multiple routes and therefore no competition. All you get is companies bidding to run it better (cheaper) and skim off the profits.

Seems the Torys didn't read they same book

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'


You want to change my meter?

Shut up Wesley

Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce 'self-service purchase' in Office 365


With the GUI they giveth

But with a powershell script, automated to run every, say 5 minutes, it can be taken back.

If you're not in the right group, you'd better be quick

Masters of Puppet say: There's no magical one-size-fits-all answer to doing DevOpsery


Re: Cannot stop the Battery...

Ride the Lightning for me

UK govt snubs Intel, seeks second-gen AMD Epyc processors for 28PFLOPS Archer2 supercomputer


And repeating your experiments?

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look


Re: Been there. Done that.

Outlook contacts stored in the To dropdown quick pick list

"I've lost all my contacts after you gave me a new laptop"

"You saved them in 'Contacts, like I told you last time, right?'

Rinse and repeat.

Plusnet is doing us proud again with early Christmas present for customers: Price hikes


I miss Bulldog

Works fine for 18 months, back in the early days of ADSL all worked fine for an acceptable speed (for the time) of about .5mbps and then one day, no sync

After numerous calls, rebootings, new routers and engineers, I finally got the the answer;

"I'm sorry Sir, your house is too far from the exchange"

The irony that it hadn't been a week before seemed lost on them

Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six months


ET part 2

I'm imagining that any part build consoles will be dumped in a New Mexico rubbish tip for future generations to discover

Devonitely not great: Torbay and South Devon NHS declares 'major IT incident'


Odds on

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


When it comes to data slurping

Every little helps

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book'


The Hawaii 5-0 ruling

Book em Danno

Microsoft plays chicken with Extended Support for Exchange 2010 end date and swerves first


Re: Exchange migration

"The benefit of O365 for Exchange is I don't have to worry about backing it up any more"

You sure? Account failures can happen and in that case, MS has no path back for your data. They are great about protecting against hardware failure, but account failure, not so much


W7 extension

They have offered one, with caveats

"Starting June 1st, EA and EAS customers with active subscription licenses to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security (as of December 31, 2019) will get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for Year 1 as a benefit. With this limited-time promotion, customers have more options to continue receiving Windows 7 security updates after end of support"


Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides


It may be free


Gov flings £10m to help businesses get Brexit-ready with, um... information packs


Almost as useful

As firefighter desperately trying to put out a burning petrol station by throwing their third and final banana at it.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one


Of course, it matters not a jot that everyone has zero emitting vehicles until we can generate the power for them without burning dino juice.

But that won't sell new cars, so shhhh

Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public


Re: Predator becoms prey when a bigger Predator turns up.

The old adage is still true, if you're not paying for the service, you are the service

Yorkshire public sector procurement body YPO opens £400m framework for data centres, cloud hosting and security


Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation?

We used dream of Purchasing Organisation. We used to negotiate our Cloud services individually

You were lucky to have a cloud, all we had was a datacentre in o' middle of motoway


All roads in US cable biz GTT's Brit network seem to lead to Menwith Hill


As I only live a few miles from The Hill...

Can GTT please throw some fiber connectivity my way? BT have been failing to do so for years

They can snoop on Mrs Locky's cat video habit as much as they want



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