* Posts by CPU

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AWS CISO tells The Reg: In the AI gold rush, folks are forgetting application security

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I can't see how this would affect the generation of busty elfin maidens...

'Little weirdo' shoulder surfer teaches UK cabinet minister a lesson in cybersecurity

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Something about...

Something about the blind leading the stupid, with the ridiculous bring up the rear...

CIO who dropped VMware 18 months ago now feeling thoroughly chuffed

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Re: Has anyone actually got the 'free' VMWare download?

Unless you are a customer with a pukka VM siteID, you can't even download the "free" software. I tried last week and they told me "no". And you can't DL from VMware any more either.

The "for free" was just a bit of PR.

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Lucky Nutanix

Broadcom's purchase of VMware was the best thing that every happened to Nutanix- they actually posted a profit this year, as all of us rats desert the VM ship :-)

VMware giving away Workstation Pro, Fusion Pro free for personal use

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I just tried to D/L Workstation... good luck with that!

Off to download the "free" VMware Workstation...

The Broadcom site makes you register, so forget the old VM account login, no use here. NB You can't D/L from the VMware website any more.

The new site insists I "build a profile"... OK done.

I search around for downloads, find the new 17... but it won't let me D/L it, seems I'm not allowed access to software as it's not "part of my Profile"- back to Profile Builder!

OK, cool I find the option to access VMware software within Profile Builder, but now it wants account details as though I'm a paying customer, and that is a VMware SiteID.

Has it not crossed Broadcom's mind that if someone is downloading Workstation for "Personal Use Only" they might not be a paying customer?

They should put Workstation in the default Profile Setup as a given.

'Millions' of Dell PCs will grant malware, rogue users admin-level access if asked nicely

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Yea, possibly not just Dell

I doubt it's just Dell, I was firmware updating a new Lenovo the other week at User level privilege, neither Windows10 Pro or the Lenovo update utility asked anything more than a "OK to proceed?". I'm still gobsmacked you can 'blow' the firmware from within the OS.

Ministry of Defence tells contractors not to answer certain UK census questions over security fears

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So, MOD don't have any confidence?

Seems to me that MOD don't have any faith that the confidential information given in the Census will remain so? Possibly this is because Gov are in the habit of selling our information to anyone with cash?

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

Who puts water in a DC? I mea,n with all those electricals tightly packed in racks what's the worst that can happen. Was the building purpose built as a DC?

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO

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Cheap as chips

Bad form on Kayeya part, all they had to do (in extreme) was put the account on hold while they sorted the customer out. If you must buy a 'all you can eat buffet' service at $48 a year, why not have 2x services, it's peanuts compared to the value of the data being stored.

Dratted 'housekeeping', eh? 150k+ records deleted off UK’s Police National Computer database

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Incompetence at a basic level

Don't know about anyone else, but when I've purged old data from the current system the last I do before I punch the button is to take a full backup, just in case things go wrong- seems like the kind of basic precaution anyone would have scribbled down in the CAB request.

So bye-bye, Mr Ajit Pai. You drove our policy into the levee and we still wonder why

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He served no one but himself.

NCSC's London HQ was chosen because GCHQ spies panicked at the prospect of grubby Shoreditch offices

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Lessons learn.... LMAO, this Government learns nothing because it's all one big boys club.

Amid pandemic and economic uncertainty, enterprises find they've lost the will to migrate to SAP's S4/HANA

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As someone who has worked extensively with both, you are just jumping out of the fire into the frying pan. My guess is that you are moving from Oracle due to costs? You will not be happy.

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It will cost six figures to upgrade, and then you spend 12-18 months debugging to make it do what it did before the upgrade- who needs that kind of trouble now?

Deloitte's 'Test your Hacker IQ' site fails itself after exposing database user name, password in config file

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And yet 'Management' will throw truck loads of money at these people rather than listen to the in-house advice. Show me a Consultancy that doesn't employ people with zero experience (but with a degree) and then trot along and tell you that they are worth £750 a day as "Junior Consultants", oh, and could you show them what to do as the Principle Consultant is busy on another job. There was a time when Consultants actually knew their stuff.

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April

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Re: My solution for this is radical

That is true thinking outside the box (or cargo container).

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I feel safer already...

... with any Governments track record on new IT systems- but this Government in particular- what could possibly go wrong...

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

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with great power...

A pity we don't get to find out what axe he had to grind, that would be more interesting. I worked at a big City firm for 5 years, when I left (time to move on) I had to remove myself from the systems because they were not smart enough to know where all my accounts were. Luckily for them I didn't have any axes to grind ;-)

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Holmes

And the difficulty in training new people on the old Hermes system is..? Sounds like a cost cutting (getting rid of people) exercise to me.

Ministry of Justice bod jailed for stealing £1.7m with fake IT consulting contract

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Where were the auditors? Where were the senior managers who are supposed to check? Seems to me the problem was allowed to happen because the higher ups didn't care. Took a grunt in the trenches to spot the fraud.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...

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Re: I demand an immediate retraction...

Fool! The flat-earth society know full well that when the asteroid hit, the world spun like a spinning coin and all the dinosaurs were flung out into space because they had little arms and couldn't hang on. Our ancestors on the other hand had opposable thumbs so we hung onto the trees until the world stopped spinning. Pah, religion knows nothing but mumbo-jumbo for simple minds!

US can try extraditing Julian Assange next year, rules UK court

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If the Swedes want him they have had 6 years to get a Warrant over to the UK, and yet they still can't get one raised- smells fishy.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Microsoft raising licensing, wow, how often does that happen ¬_¬

So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000

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In the future

We don't need this, once we have Brexit'd we can negotiate our own weather ¬_¬

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too

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How come they...

How come they never get rid of the extremely expensive Execs? Contrary to (their) popular belief, they don't create new business, they just give yes\ no answers to the options the workers bring to them. Is the Exec going to take that Sales or Support call- didn't think so. I can say that we stopped doing business with DXC not because of the quality of the staff, but because every quarter there were less and less of them to work with.

Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

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It's the same the whole world over, it's the Tech what get the blame, it's the managers what get the bonus, ain't it all a bloomin shame...

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online

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the law is the law...

What's that Officer, I was doing 40 in a 30 zone... maybe I was, but I was having a philosophical discussion with this stranger I picked up along the way about the Pros and Cons of a liberal society, so surely that means it was OK, because I wasn't hurting anyone as I sped along? What do you mean the law is the law...

People can see the line they crossed, they just refuse to admit it.

Former Intel love rat Krzanich finds his calling, lands at biz that sells tech to car dealers

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Car dealers, yea, now there's a market sector with tumbling sales figure- good luck with that Brian ;-)

Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious

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Best headline ever- I'll be humming that puppy all day now.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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This can only end badly for Redhat.

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: EU red tape bonfire

Ah, the great "bonfire of red tape"... yes, yes, we look forward to having the workers rights revoked, pesky things, everyone should be given the privilege of zero hours contract and no holiday ¬_¬

When should I run backup, robot overlord? Autonomous Hadoop and NoSQL backup is now a thing

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"backup run failed" has kept many a BOFH in a job. As to how it learnes, well there is only one way, you manually run the back and over time it works out how long it will take and extrapolate forward.... basically the same thing a good Backup Operator would do (or a bad one wouldn't do).

Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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Time limited immutable data storage, seems a little oxymoron ¬_¬

FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

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Wow, sounds like the oldest telco excuse in the world has been rolled out yet again (can't roll out POTS, can't roll out 2-4G, can't rollout internet, because it costs too much.. unless you live in the Metro).

Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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When I did my CISSP exam (many moons ago), there was a guy who came in and did the exam in less than 2 hours, rumor had it he had just read the book(s) and sat the exam. I've certainly met plenty of Microsoft and Cisco certified people who have never even seen a live network before they earned their merit badge. Maybe 'Mr Robot' does exist, if so, 50K seems a pretty decent starting figure for such talent.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Follow da money

Nokia was 80% of the sales of Windows Phone. But Nokia really wanted to go Android with the new Lumia, so MS risked losing that and their share of the smart phone market, so they had to buy Nokia; they didn't have to screw it up so royally.

Nokia reported a 17 percent drop in full-year net sales in 2013 to 12.7 billion euros ($17.3 billion). However, net sales came in at 3.5 billion euros in the fourth quarter, up 18 percent on the same quarter a year before. Profits were made by year end ($585 million profit in Q4 on $10.73 billion in revenue), coming after 18 months of loss- overall sales figures had been declining since 2011.

Microsoft had been have a rough time aboard the good ship Windows (inc Mobile), with leaks everywhere below the sales water line. Nokia's raft was seriously burnt on sales\ profits, and alas, they made the choice to jump ship to M$ completely.

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Nokia was 80% of the sales of Windows Phone. But Nokia really wanted to go Android with the new Lumia, so MS risked losing that and their share of the smart phone market, so they had to buy Nokia; they didn't have to screw it up so royally.

Nokia reported a 17 percent drop in full-year net sales in 2013 to 12.7 billion euros ($17.3 billion). However, net sales came in at 3.5 billion euros in the fourth quarter, up 18 percent on the same quarter a year before. Profits were made by year end ($585 million profit in Q4 on $10.73 billion in revenue), coming after 18 months of loss- overall sales figures had been declining since 2011.

Microsoft had been have a rough time aboard the good ship Windows (inc Mobile), with leaks everywhere below the sales water line. Nokia's raft was seriously burnt on sales\ profits, and alas, they made the choice to jump ship to M$ completely.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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AMD have been quiet through all this ¬_¬

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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I would think Google's answer would be- "cash or cheque?"

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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Will BS for cash

Nothing to see here, no really, nothing... please gives us money anyway!

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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When I worked for M$, BillG came to visit (waaaay back), and guess what? He stopped for chats, photos and joshing. Good to see BigBlue still has a bug up its derrière- some things never change.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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a fool and his money...

... are soon parted. Expect a lot of redundancies to make up for this loss.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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If only MS ...

If only MS actually warns you before doing the major updates, you know, maybe "please temporarily uninstall your AV Product". So far MS updates has killed my system 3 times, to say I have a robust backup regime would be an understatement! I assume MS update will kill the system at some point and backup accordingly.

I also find that MS treats restores in a very iffy manner now, and this is recent (2018) not sure if there is some hidden blocks written or something to do with blocking hijack software, but something under the hood has changed and my original method of having a backup SSD with the LNG image (boot from LNG and restore borked disk) no longer works properly, so now I'm reduced to USB boot disk for the restore of borked... oh MS, why do you keep screwing things up?

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: Intel's would still be the longest-surviving Mac instruction set

I'm sure some young Apple Exec thought this would be a bold new idea- make our own CPUs! Then in 20 years time some other Exec will suggest they outsource to Intel- the circle of life continues and compiler compiles more buggy code.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Happens all the time

I remember being called to a data centre in Scotland, for a large bank based there (hint), to investigate why the AAA system wasn't working reliably. Walked into their DC and it was so hot I had to take my jacket and tie off just to walk around... kind of obvious what the problem was. This state of affairs had also been created by the "cost savings".

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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LOL- the fools

As someone working for another national company that did this, I can say that service has plummeted and costs has risen indirectly. What I mean is that the powers-that-be thought the outsource was all encompassing (cap on costs), but guess what, it's not. And boy are the outsourcers taking in the extra money in the form of "not in the contract" response.

Congratulations Beeb Management, you've just lit the fuse on your own demise, but you don't care, because you're going to award yourselves big fat bonus for being "clever".

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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It seems the Universe does have a sense of humour.

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Irrational

They are solid and battle hardend, but they are very old now.

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I seem to remember that F-35B are about as buggy as Windows 10, requiring a great many updates. Ah well, we only need a few to see off the Icelandic gunboats come Brexit.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Already USA knows more personal stuff about me than my home country i.e. UK doesn’t have my finger prints, but USA does. This is getting ridiculous.

The can put this on the holiday brochure- "Come to USA, where you'll be made to feel about as welcome as fart in space suit".

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