* Posts by Nunyabiznes

616 posts • joined 6 May 2010


WTF? Microsoft makes fixing deadly OMIGOD flaws on Azure your job


Re: "Cheap" for a reason

I just don't understand why so many managers insist on going cloud - especially when there is a robust infrastructure in place already. (Acknowledging that there are certainly some use cases where cloud services are the correct technical solution.)

Ours is forcing us down this path, costing us much more than previously, and getting worse service and security.

Some people are stupid - not their fault, their parents shouldn't have bred. These managers are willfully ignorant, which is very much on them.


Re: The uneasy feeling about all the MS provided (spy) stuff on their Linux Azure VM's

If you remove it, MS will silently re-install the compromised version instead of the patched (ie not compromised yet) version.

Spot the dog? No, we couldn't either because Spot is a robot employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority


Obvious application

And here is the most obvious application for robots - doing jobs that are inherently too dangerous for humans to do without cumbersome safety equipment.

Until of course they figure out it is easier to get rid of the humans than it is to do their dirty work.

BOFH: Pass the sugar, Asmodeus, and let the meeting of the Fellowship of Bastards... commence



The BOFH was great as usual, but the comments kept the ball rolling today. Bravo lads (and/or lasses).

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth



And just another example of why I don't like registrations of private data. That a company has data this exacting is even more worrying than a government entity having it (maybe).

Big tech proud as punch about cameos in Joe Biden's security theatre


Re: Just a game

It's not even new players - they are just re-arranging the deck chairs.

A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped


Re: Imagine if

In this instance, the police didn't alter the evidence. The contractor did.

See icon.

Un-carrier? Definitely Unsecure: T-Mobile US admits 48m customers' details stolen after downplaying reports



I'm a customer and have had 0 contact from T-Mobile about this. Good thing I read El Reg. I mentioned in an earlier article that I would be surprised if they did contact me, so I guess I'm right so far.

US watchdog opens probe into Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system after spate of crashes


It's harder than you think

Tesla has poured a lot of time and money into their systems, and they still fail. This seems to prove that driving is a lot harder than it looks, and programming a driverless car is even harder.

One example I have to hand is driving to an intersection directly pointed at the sun. The colors of the traffic control lights get washed out by the glare and you have to depend on situational awareness to determine if you have right of way or not. To me (not a programmer, btw) that seems awfully difficult.

If the statistics provided by Tesla (and quoted above) are correct, they are doing a pretty good job on the whole. It is just that the failures are spectacular and Elon can be a lightning rod due to his marketing claims.

T-Mobile US probes claims of 100m stolen customer records up for sale on dark web


I wonder

If T-Mobile will actually follow through and inform customers that their data was appropriated.

I doubt it, and I doubt they will take ownership of the issues caused for their customers by their incompetence (and of course by the black hats actions).

Since I'm a customer (dumbest move I've made in awhile, btw) I guess I'll find out, or not.

Off to change passwords and my shopping cc#.

World Intellectual Property Office settles dispute with CIO it previously ousted for 'criminal misconduct'


Way Laid

Wei Lei appears to be the bigger person in this charade. Hats off to him and I hope his retirement is golden.

Elevating bork to a new level (if the touchscreen worked)


Touch screen not necessary

For failure that is.

I had the great fortune of using an elevator in a hotel that was very ordinary. Buttons in lobby and inside unit. It stopped between floors and refused to open doors or continue on its journey. The emergency phone was designed to dial a hard-coded number when picked up. Great, except it went to a disconnected line.

No worries, I have a cell phone! Very minimal service of course, and after finding the corner of the space where a call could be made I dialed up the lobby. Where the phone was apparently ignored. Repeatedly.

Luckily I had my trusty multitool on my belt which I used to pry open the doors enough to get my hands in and pull the doors fully open. Scrambled out and got my quite flustered compatriots out.

The hotel didn't seem to care they had multiple failures in a system and never responded to my queries. Just one more company on my list of places never to do business with again.

Zorin OS 16 Pro arrives complete with optional 'Windows 11' desktop


Re: The small market share of Chromebooks in businesses is puzzling


So much your second point. While many of the issues of MSOffice alternatives can be worked around, not being able to run a specific piece of software because you don't have Windows is an insurmountable problem.

Companies that develop business software that costs multiple thousands of $ (or whatever currency you use) seldom wish to spend additional funds to build and maintain a separate version for any other OS. They seldom spend the money to maintain the Win version worth a damn.

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search


Re: slack web security

I wonder if it could be someone internal to Leathermarket that, due to lack of proper security policy, was able to leave certain data accessible without (legal) repercussion. Someone quietly supportive of the opposition to LM's plans, but also wishful of continued employment.

If so, beers to them.

*Personal conspiracy theory not related to any hard data provided in article*

Breaking Bad or just a bad breakpoint? That feeling when your predecessor is BASIC


To be fair, as a helpdesker I've had to spend a lot of time troubleshooting because the network team believes their systems are infallible. Even after proving it wasn't a desktop issue, being sent on wild goose chases is common.

I seldom get a "sorry about that" after a 5 minute troubleshoot and fix session by the network staff (after being pointed in the right direction by one of us) resolves an issue they've been loudly proclaiming was someone else's problem.

Oh well, it's Friday and weekend plans are afoot. Y'all have a good one.

US labor official suggests Amazon's Alabama workers rerun that unionization vote


Re: Crikey


Upvote for the humor, but...

if Amazon was dumb enough to use crocodiles in Alabama - they should be found guilty.

*local wildlife would be alligators.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


Re: First and only thought

For about 2 years we were put under Facilities. The lingering affects of that are still haunting us today.

I started signing for packages as one of the facilities guys and chucking the stuff in random closets. When asked "I never saw that come in. Who signed for it?". Eventually they got the clue and changed the process.

We still get calls for lamps, under desk heaters (plugged into the battery side of the UPS, natch), and various cheap tat plugged into the USB ports of PCs for power. Apparently I need a good set of side cutters...


Re: First and only thought


Except that you are on salary and your actual work still needs to get done - so after hours and weekends it is because the company couldn't be arsed to hire an extra oxygen converter to accept packages. Or tell the facilities supervisor to get their arse in gear and take care of their job.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Re: Efficiency?dre

I came here to comment on software efficiency. We could use a lot less hardware if software was written better on average.

Of course, some of this is market pressure to provide more "bling" in everything also. Why do I need glitzy crap on a page when I'm looking for a list of parts? <Insert your example here> Because someone in marketing did research and found most punters want more glitzy crap. Form over function by demand.

Google updates timeline for unpopular Privacy Sandbox, which will kill third-party cookies in Chrome by 2023


Re: Just an app

Yes but they can afford to use 1000 pound notes to stop the bleeding and never notice the cost.

They'll just use the mountain of cash they have to browbeat the market into thinking this is what they've wanted all along.

Those few of us that know better are not even a whisper in a hurricane.

You, too, can be a Windows domain controller and do whatever you like, with this one weird WONTFIX trick


Re: Right to repair

Upvote, but...

Would this spell an end to Intellectual Property? Would that be a bad thing?

I don't know the answer to either of those questions, but you are correct there should be a conversation.

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week



Nothing against the trades here. They are just a data point that I happen to know off the top of my head. Listen to Mike Rowe for an education about what is good in the trades.

I wish I had apprenticed in electrical when I was a lad. I actually like doing low voltage control wiring and I have a working understanding of high voltage AC - enough to know what not to touch at least.


The salary cost oftentimes reflects the higher cost of living.

Here a median house is $600K USD while the median salary is 58K. Tech sector jobs are better, but not in line with COL. When you add in all taxes, fees, etc that are non-negotiable along with the cost of housing and transportation (not many areas in the US that have good public transportation infrastructure - a good topic for future conversation) the salaries aren't that spectacular. Better than running a shovel, but not much (or at all) better than the trades.

But, you might be right that tech jobs are in for a correction. There are executive bonuses that need padding. After all, space tourism is a thing now.

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service


Re: WebEx

We were using Cisco Webex Teams - and it was good. Unless you had roaming profiles and had to refresh the local profile cache. It would delete data out of the local app data and make it a pita to get working again.

MS Teams however is a pile of excrement. Except it keeps the data in the roaming portion of the profile so it is easier to move users between computers if you are using roaming profiles. Which I wouldn't recommend anyway.


Re: Standards...

Why can't I upvote this more?

Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit to punish electricity thieves


Re: Payback time!

You say that like it is a problem.

Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments


Re: Devils tongue

Upvote, but to be fair it IS a pretty useful program to certain entities.

And I'm sure it pays better than being a white hat, reporting vulns and then getting stiffed on the bounty.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say




Re: "laid the blame on IBM CFO James Kavanaugh"

I think many CTOs have learned the adage of "the nail sticking out". If they try to use logic and reason to stop a "cost-savings" they tend to get hammered flush with the floor - much like a nail sticking up.

That makes it hard to stay on the merry-go-round that is corporate executive hiring. It is much better to say nothing, be a pleasant personality and parachute out of the ball of fail only to land in another cushy post.


Migration costs

Of course they weren't - that would have affected the bonus paid on savings.

Panasonic's Toughbook G2 comes Windows 11-ready even as TPM 2.0 supplies dwindle


Re: That keyboard dock looks like a beast

Their support over here is fantastic also. You definitely pay for what you are getting - but you get what you paid for. We have very few issues with hardware, but when we do it is sorted with paid overnight shipping both ways.

We have several of their CF33 tablets, and our users love them for the convenience of popping out a tablet and being able to work anywhere in virtually any condition and still be able to go back and use a real keyboard for reports.

I'm looking forward to getting some of the G2 units.

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate


Was coming to post this. I have given up on just shipping a network attached printer (that also has USB connection) directly to the user.

Eh, I like getting out of the office anyway.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Re: Me too!

Always say "Hold my beer and" first.

New York Stock Exchange U-turns on decision to boot China's three biggest telcos


Follow the money

Someone made a killing by knowing beforehand that this was going to happen. Find out who and you'll know why.

Perhaps Biden Jr. has a strong position in Chinese telecoms? :troll:

Trump's overhaul of Section 230 stalls, Biden may just throw the web legal shield on the bonfire anyway


Re: What about e-mail?


Wasn't Google recently sued for not forgetting someone in Australia? Even though it was just a search return on content available on a website?

Australia wants Google to jump higher and sweat before it can buy Fitbit


Re: Have one on me!

I'm a firm believer in second chances but believing BeEvil when they say they are going to play nice is giving them a 1,000,002 chance.

UK infoseccer launches petition asking government not to backdoor encryption


Re: I have signed it

I would sign it if I were in the correct jurisdiction!

Apple's global security boss accused of bribing cops with 200 free iPads in exchange for concealed gun permits


Re: Who do these cops think they are?

Prudent to ask first, heh?

Ticketmaster cops £1.25m ICO fine for 2018 Magecart breach, blames someone else and vows to appeal


Re: And the appeal will be?

Yeah, it wasn't MY car I was driving to the bank robbery - I'm innocent Guv!

On another note I see Experian is mentioned. I hope they get a swift kick right where their legs come together.

Capita still wants to offload education software unit, sale talks ongoing



That's how I kept a couple of vehicles that my wife wanted gone. "But Honey, I have them for sale - it's just no one is buying!"

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly


Re: Similar one.

Except the next one will be even worse. The devil you know and all that.



"Ah, the good ol' let's put all the expensive electronics in the only room that can get flooded decision.

Amazing how quickly the floorplan can get changed after a good rain."

You would think. We bought some sandbags, floor dryers and a portable sump pump - because "It doesn't flood THAT often". Facepalm.

Heck yeah, we should have access to our own cars' repair data: Voters in US state approve a landmark right-to-repair ballot measure


John Deere

Hopefully the big green and yellow company gets caught up in this also. Many farmers are left in the field waiting on a JD tech to show up and reset something as minor as an oil or air filter change warning. The tractor will either turn off or go into limp mode even if service has been completed because the farmer can't reset the hour meter.

There is a growing market for rebuilt vintage tractors just because of this kind of nonsense.


Re: wrong focus

Gray and timber wolves are quite a bit different. Timbers are generally bigger and more aggressive than grays. They also have more color variation (minor point).

It is kind of a moot vote though. The Clinton administration got timber wolves introduced into Yellowstone park in the mid-90s (earlier than official documents show, btw) and those wolves have spread widely.

There were native wolves in Montana at that time (as well as northern Idaho and North Dakota and maybe more states but I can't testify to those). I scoped several while hunting the northern portions of Montana, Idaho and ND over the years between 85 and 95 before official introduction.

There was a case in Idaho where a hunter killed what he thought was a big coyote (which was legal). He turned it into Idaho Fish and Game where he was promptly given a ticket, fined and had his rifle and truck confiscated for killing a wolf. Eventually the courts declared that it couldn't be a wolf because legally the wolf was extinct in the US. This was right at the time the timber wolves were introduced into YNP. The wolf team denied it was one of theirs (because they insisted they knew where every one was and it would look dodgy if they acknowledged it was theirs). So either there were already wolves in the area, or the Fed wolf team was lying. Or both.

Suspended sentence for bank IT worker who broke into his boss's webcam because he didn't get a payrise


State support


Would he qualify for unemployment payments (not sure what you call it there)? If he doesn't, is there other state support he would qualify for?

In most jurisdictions here, he wouldn't qualify for unemployment, but he could qualify for welfare payments (eventually) with the correct paperwork. That wouldn't be enough to afford housing in most areas, but would be enough for food.

Another eBay exec pleads guilty after couple stalked, harassed for daring to criticize the internet tat bazaar


Re: Poetry now illegal in the USA?

Only good poetry.


Re: Just checking from across the pond

In my experience they are long term professionals who haven't had contact with day-to-day work in a long time. They tend to be politically astute within the confines of their department. Few of them are introspective - although there are exceptions, of course.

Many of them were good cops in the beginning of their careers, which is why they got a chance to use their political skills to advance. After awhile they view citizens like many of us view users (true of most cops I deal with).

COVID-19 security tips: Ensure you sack your staff without leaving their IT access enabled, says Secureworks


Seems reasonable

We have users connecting our devices to their (poorly or not secured) home WiFi. It is enough to give you gray (or no) hair. We are often accused of being paranoid about security here, but are we paranoid enough?

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines



While I don't have much sympathy for investors that control their own fate and buy into these scams, there are a lot of people who have pension or 401k funds that are managed by people who buy into these scams. Those little guys are generally left high and dry with no means of recourse. It is one thing to lose money due to a legitimate failure (the theory was backed by our small sample size - we need money to do a real test - and that test proves the theory wrong) but completely another to be swindled with malice and forethought by a scumbag.

Boeing Starliner commander Christopher Ferguson bows out of first crewed mission due to family commitments


737 Max IN SPACE!!

Apparently the engineering team that brought you the 737 Max has been moved to the Starliner program.



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