Office365 is also wobbling today. I have been having intermittent Outlook and Teams connectivity issues since about 10am, as have my colleagues on different ISPs in their own homes.
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This case feels like a ridiculous, long winded fishing expedition.
It looks like HP know fine well they have nothing, hence the 'strategy' adopted by Rabinowitz is to take the scenic route in trying to concoct a character assassination on Mike Lynch and see about tripping him up, not proving any actual wrongdoing. This is the clear impression I am getting based on the reporting here.
The judge is fed up and that is not where you want to be when trying to win a case.
Little will really change
Apple will just continue to commission Ive's company, he will continue to design Apple products under a different name.
The only difference is he can charge what he likes and has them over a barrel. They will continue to use him, because who else is there? Complete freedom and Apple will feel themselves more or less constrained to take it or leave it.
He is now also available to design for others and can thus sell his services elsewhere.
If they are being "invited", then I wonder what criteria is being used beyond the 24 months of service. I suspect stellar performance ratings and people who are already senior in prole terms.
Does anyone else detect a faint aroma of bovine faeces? Of course they're going to pick handwavey non-technical types and you bet one of them will be female.
The VM issues sound like misconfiguration and technical incompetence, something which she could easily have sorted out by asking around and taking the advice she was given. The other laptop issues might well have been related to iffy hardware; again, something NCC should - and apparently did - make some effort to resolve.
It just sounds to me like she was considered a combination of "trouble" and "lost cause". She wasn't playing ball with the graduate scheme and its expectations, she wasn't meeting the required standards, she was perhaps being insubordinate and less than professional. None of this bodes well for a potential "security consultant" whom, like all other consultants, need to be able to work well with people and perform to a high standard and produce high quality deliverables for their clients. And all of this can easily lead to exasperation on the part of other staff who would then, for want of a better expression, just give up on her.
Re: Curiously American
Exactly the same at my $BIGBLIGHTYPLC.
People claim "I'm on annual leave, no access to e-mail, contact Tom Dick and Harry". In reality, they're just working from home on reduced and strange hours. CC them into an e-mail and if it's important enough they'll reply as quickly as if they were actually at work.
Treating CEOs like royalty and tiptoeing around them is something that never sat well with me. Even the politicians prostrate themselves in deference to these people, so who really runs the show?
They are just human beings doing a job, with a job description to meet and duties to discharge. They are no more or less a company employee than Jim in building maintenance or Sophie in HR.
I can also relate to earlier comments about the CEO being disconnected and shielded from the realities of what is really happening on the ground, perhaps being fed nonsense by their inner circle. If this is the case, then surely the CEO is not effectively managing the company. I guess it really can be "lonely at the top" if basically all of your peers are yes people, or various people of similar rank and status. How can you possibly empathise or understand what's happening on the ground?
They also said this about North Korea under the now-deceased Kim Jong Il. Senior officials just lied about stuff (and the lies percolated upwards) because they didn't want a bollocking for things being bad, despite it being bad purely because of Kim Jong Il. And he believed it because he knew no different.
Security is another passing IT bandwagon and people will soon get bored of it. It is already becoming boring on account of it seeping into everything, everyone being an instant expert, everyone talking about it... it's like politics in that you just cannot escape anywhere you turn.
The job market will stabilise, salaries will drop to the usual dismal levels, the recruiters and academics will move on. Most security jobs are already extremely boring or require a wizard-level of technical competence - and that doesn't get you promoted.
We've already had: software engineering (which was the default for all graduates circa 2009); "Big Data"; "Cloud"; "DevOps"; and now "Security". Security is rolling past and into the distance, so stick your thumb out and flag down the next bandwagon.
The big question is what the next bandwagon will be. Machine Learning and AI both sound like safe bets.
It'll be like the household name megacorp I used to provide my services to.
Under normal circumstances, you could barely move for suffocating red tape and doing the simplest of things was like staging a military operation to be viewed by the Queen.
Ridiculous acronyms (often used in wildly different contexts - no, not that "IFA" used by the backup team, the other "IFA" used by the firewall guys etc.), impenetrable processes with "beware of the leopard" approach to documentation and how this process actually worked, hand-offs between five different teams when it could and should be done by just one etc. This was the norm until something was considered "high priority" and would be exposed to millions of paying customers, or seniors set an arbitrary deadline.
At that point things became suspiciously efficient. No lead times, the red tape was swept aside, no silly interpretive dancing through utterly byzantine and farcical processes - and everything was relentlessly escalated. Any jobsworth who stood their ground was absolutely trundled over.
To be honest it was very refreshing and in retrospect I do wish it had happened more often.
Re: 19:00, day 4, still broke
You know, it's totally terrifying.
RBS nearly packed up in 2012 because of their computer issues. Apparently, all that saved them was the fact that the botched upgrade had only been applied to Natwest and Ulster Bank leaving the main RBS retail arm untouched.
Had that also gone wrong, that could have sunk the entire RBS Group as they would have no transaction history. You don't recover from something like that.
Does anyone want to place a bet on what the root cause of this actually is? What part of the migration seems to have gone wrong given people are seeing the wrong data entirely?
Some people on another site say they are seeing mortgage arrears worth millions of dollars. Yes, dollars, and millions thereof.
Millions of dollars of mortgage arrears shouldn't even be on the Lloyds or TSB accounts database - so where the hell did that data come from? An overflow perhaps?
There's likely another reason for this...
There is another reason why his family might want his ashes interred in Westminster Abbey and it's very simple: Hawking had a large following of very strange people and a public grave in a Cambridge cemetery (there's one off Huntingdon Road that contains the remains of other high-IQ individuals), containing his intact body, would attract these people and it would turn into a ghoulish shrine. Think selfies, inappropriate behaviour, perhaps some crackpot with a spade. At the end of the day, Stephen Hawking was a brother, husband and (grand)father who deserves peace and dignity in death.
Westminster Abbey is much easier to secure and in some ways a bit more discreet. There can be plenty of public tributes and memorials to Hawking, but his final resting place is nobody's business. The fact that he's interred alongside other scientists is a fitting tribute in itself.
And contrary to popular belief, Hawking wasn't an arch-atheist at all. I doubt he would have complained too much at the prospect of being interred in a religious building.
Interesting you should mention being underpaid. One of my personal friends accepted a job outside of IBM and handed his notice in - instant retention offer with respectable pay rise beyond that of his new job. No other discussions were had, it was almost robotic. He's still at IBM to this day, although he's thinking again of leaving.
This is in the UK by the way.
More pointless IoT cloudy bollocks, what a world we live in where just about everything is "smart" (an oxymoron if ever I saw it) and connected to the net for the hell of it. Pure gimmickry with a security model worthy of the year 2000.
Call me old fashioned, but I still use a notepad and pen to keep track of things like my weight.
So, a bug in their script reported some customers as having no VMs running when they actually did? And the "cleanup" job was to simply nuke the apparently spun-down VMs that weren't actually spun-down but were live?
Shoddy stuff. VERY dangerous thing to automate IMO, they should have just used the script to generate a report and take it from there.
The big problem is that most recruiters on LinkedIn claim to have read your profile, but actually haven't.
My profile might contain my experience as a train driver (that's not what I do, but take it as an example). I say "No more train driver roles, please. I'm bored of being a train driver and I want to branch out into train maintenance".
10 messages a day offering me train driver jobs identical to the one I'm currently doing. They have a "great client" lined up and this is "a great opportunity for someone with my skillset". This message has been sent to maybe 50 other train drivers hoping someone will bite. A colleague of mine received an identical message from the same person an hour after I did.
Re: Anyone care to place a bet?
I wasn't the only one who was shocked and horrified to see Apple attempting to launch a system without a floppy drive. How could that ever possibly work? Are they mad? Well, now look.
No optical drive? I also thought that was a truly stupid idea... until my employer recently gave me an upgraded Lenovo ThinkPad. Sans optical drive. I don't miss it because we build workstations through PXE, although for that reason you'll have to pull my Ethernet port and conventional NIC from my cold, dead, hands.
Apple do have a proven track record of coming up with outlandish ideas and successfully steering the market in their direction. I, too, wondered what they'd been smoking when the iPhone first landed with no Flash support. What utter stupidity, how could that possibly work? Again, look at how things eventually turned out.
Scan-as-you-shop was heralded as the future and some kind of amazing revolution when it came to Tesco. Interesingly, it appeared I'm the only person who remembers using Sainsbury's near-identical Self Scan offering back in... wait for it... 1999. Oh well, every little helps and all that. The fact that Target's previous bod took retirement after just one year probably speaks volumes for the mess Target's systems are in.
Back on topic: I haven't tried for myself, but am reliably informed that Tesco are a plain text offender.
Re: User data remains secured
That "joke" was unintentionally clever. 9M-MRO (the MH370 aircraft) was... wait for it... the 404th Boeing 777 ever built. Seriously, look it up.
Back to more serious matters: yes, it's entirely possible there was something more nefarious going on underneath what was ostensibly a mere defacement. Although serious hackers don't like to draw attention to what they're doing by pulling obvious stunts like this, it's entirely possible that these guys were doing something much more serious and the 404 was to either a) take the piss or b) detract attention.
Re: "We help people get stuff done."
Word 2003 was a dream. Did everything perfectly.
Word 2007 had my blood boiling. Simple tasks took 5x longer because it tried to help you TOO much and just got in the way, formatting was a nightmare, things just jumped around all over the place, it pretty much drove me into a rage. The ribbon was a disaster zone where the most commonly used and basic of features were pretty much buried underground and impossible to find. Rolled back to Office 2003 because Excel wasn't too endearing either.
Word (and Excel) 2010. Big improvements, but still not as good as the old days. MOST of what irritated me about 2007 had been improved, fixed, or removed entirely. The ribbon gave up most of its secrets, essential and simple features took centre stage once again.
Office 2013? I don't like seeing ALL MY MENUS IN CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE IT LOOKS AMATEURISH. I don't like my professional office suite looking Fisher Price with lots of big, chunky, coloured buttons. I don't like basic functionality being hidden away... yet again.
Even GTA V had a joke on one of the radio stations about a large software company making every version of their word processor more expensive and harder to use than the previous one. Microsoft, take note.
I'm cursed in that our corporate plan uses Vodafone. It's rather amusing to be standing in front of a poster advertising Vodafone's new 4G service in a given area, watching as my phone fights for dear life to get 3G and four bar signal. Meanwhile a friend sat opposite me with an identical handset on EE or O2 is getting full bars and LTE.
Priorities much? Vodafone are hands down the worst network I've used in the UK and I at least now know not to move my personal contract to Voda when it expires in October.
The whole thing is silliness
I've never understood why there's this sudden fetish to turn EVERYONE into coders, or where it even came from? Not everyone wants to bang out code all day every day - I work in a technical IT for a FTSE100 and I honestly hate writing code.
UK CompSci degrees have been pumping out armies of mediocre code monkeys for years and years now. I'd say 80-85% of ALL CS grads I know, regardless of their academic pedigree, now do software engineering or development of some kind - if often follows that those who don't, make a point of telling everyone they don't and in some cases even moan about it feeling like their job is somehow lacking as a result. Why do we suddenly need more and why are we starting them earlier?
The market is already saturated and salaries are falling. Stop this silliness and start producing computer scientists and general computer enthusiasts rather than yet more sodding code monkeys.
This whole thing is like teaching children how to fry, boil and poach eggs rather than how to cook more generally. They desperately need a broader and more versatile skillset.
North Korea was apparently advertising BGP routes at one point. There is full Internet connectivity which may still be going through China, but possibly not, and within North Korea itself (i.e. not Kaesong) only a very select few high ranking officials have access - even then it's monitored heavily. It seems only the Kim family and their close inner circle have totally unrestricted and unmonitored access.
Did anyone see that BBC Panorama about the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) recently? It already offers completely unfettered access to the Internet... however, it's monitored not by technology but a woman sat in a chair. You have to say in advance which websites you want to visit and pretty much everything is forbidden, especially foreign news and social networks.
You'd think they would have hooky Blue Coat or some other kind of filtering/proxy, but apparently not. I reckon it's deliberately designed to promote Chinese-style self-censorship out of fear.
Re: The problem with comp sci degrees....
Circus monkeys is very apt.
And you're right. The most successful and technically astute people I know of in the IT industry don't have degrees in anything related to computing. Mathematicians, physicists, electrical engineering, the odd psychologist... the CS grads are the ones which show the least flair, passion and ability.
I'm a recent (2012) CompSci grad from a top 20 UK university and also have an MSc in a growing specialist field. It got me to three assessment centres and now a full time graduate job.
What's my secret? The MSc; that and the fact that I'm one of the very few UK CS grads with aspirations higher than Java-monkeying. I've said this ad nauseam, but UK CS degrees are totally broken and just pump out average programmers rather than "computer scientists". Unfortunately, said degrees are now moving towards pumping out average "security experts" so expect that field to become saturated and dumbed down as well.
I remember the old days before Internet-enabled consoles. Games just worked straight out of the box, they didn't need patching nor was there any mechanism to do so, so the stakes were higher and there was greater emphasis on getting things right first time. I can't remember any showstopping bugs preventing decent progression or completion, nor do I remember too many games (if any) needing recalled as a result.
Nowadays with commercial pressures (i.e. £££ get the stuff out the door on time no matter what) and the availability of network connectivity, games can be shat out half-baked and fixed later. Even before this generation I've seen console games which, on the day of release, have a massive patch waiting for you at launch as soon as you boot it up for the first time. Now the consoles themselves require this?
I never thought the 5C would be hugely successful. I thought it looked cheap and nasty... but it isn't even that cheap. It really isn't too much of a financial stretch to just go all the way and get the better full fat 5S.
Apple really didn't think that through. I predict next year we'll be back to just the one iPhone as always was.