Love the countdown guy
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Now!
Right I'm outta here - my work is done.
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I have been working in the Govt space for quite some time and although moving to the cloud is a great idea - it forces different departments to standardise and use the same platforms (which makes support simpler and therefore cheaper) - the amount of legacy platforms that are old, bespoke and un-documented means that there will be a need for on-prem for quite some time.
I don't think this should be excuse for not modernising these systems though. The reason Govt IT is so expensive and always gets a bad press is because rather than using COTS products as they were intended, they always try to bastardise them or put limitations around them so they no longer work as intended.
A true fan would know how well each team is doing and doesn't need the points conversion rate inside the 22 displayed to them. Equally we all can see when a kicker is getting more of them over than not. We use our eyes and our memory to achieve both of these amazing feats using real intelligence (not artificial).
Next thing they will be telling us about the 'Winningest' team and 'yardage'.
As it was explained to me by a great coach - Rugby is dead simple - get the ball from one end of the field to the other and put it down over the line. He also said it is a game of evasion that just so happens to involve contact but that is a whole different discussion.
I remember the day a third party company were engaged to audit the datacentre where are servers were. They were mainly HP DL variants and the serial number was on a sticker on the side of the chassis. So these guys were undoing the knurled locking nuts, sliding the server carefully out of the rack until they could read the sticker and log it and then sliding it back again.
All was going well until they found a rack with lots of 'servers' in it that had no sticker on the side. That rack was an HP EVA SAN and they were sliding out the disk trays. The EVA did not respond well.
Having been through many times I can offer the following advice - NEVER buy food or drink on the Swiss side of the airport. Once you have converted the price from Swiss Francs to Pounds or Euros you will probably have some sort of medical episode.
On one occasion I was travelling with my wife and kids and we bought sandwiches and a drink each (the sort you can get in a meal deal) and I nearly fainted when I worked out I had just spent nearly £50
I Ski and can confirm that part of collision avoidance on busy slopes is hearing what is in your blind spot -you can definitely hear other peoples skis/boards and sometimes the cries of 'look out!' or 'oh shit!' from out-of-control people.
Wait until you have stopped for a break, order a glass of something nice, admire the view and then listen to music.
I think that is the point - coursework was cut and paste of badly written code from t'internet. So, as they can't prove the students work is original, they are resorting to a closed exam at the end of the course.
Computer Science has always been a weird subject to teach in schools - when I was in school (1980s) we all knew more about it than the teachers. The course was a complete farce as we had to demonstrate we knew how to write a For Next loop (when I say write I literally mean it - on paper with a pen) and the rest of the course was identifying a Mouse, a Keyboard etc as input devices and a Monitor and printer as output devices.
Looking at what my kids are taught today it isn't much further forward and as ever, the kids know more than the teachers.
One of the challenges the MOD has is that in the 60s, 70s, 80s and most of the 90s joining the military was a nice way of getting a career with foreign travel and a good trade qualification at the end.
THEN IT GOT REAL.
Since then, there has been a very high chance you will actually get involved in serious action.
Yesterday in the UK our largest Telecoms provide, BT, who look after the core comms infrastructure of the UK announced that they would be replacing all the Huawei kit in their datacentres. Today Huawei exec is arrested.
Also today the UKs second largest Mobile service (O2) is suffering a complete Data network outage....
Glad it worked out well (in the end) for you. Hopefully it won't be too long before banking switches to using MFA with an one time pad App on peoples phones. Not difficult to do. I know this won't be convenient for everyone right now but as time goes on it seems to be the way to go.
Don't get me wrong these breaches are bad news but I was just wondering how many people have had real money stolen or an increase in spam because one of them?
I'm not saying these companies don't deserve everything they get in the way of fines etc I was just wondering what happens to the data.
I can see from my smart meter that I am using some electricity so what do I do?
Turn off some lights - that might save a few pence.
Turn off the TV - nope I am watching it.
Turn off the fridge and freezer - not a good idea
Turn off the oven - I only turn it on when I am cooking
Turn off the heating - I only turn it on when I am cold and if I forget to turn it off the thermostat does it for me.
I am really struggling to see what else I could do as everything else in the house that uses energy only does so when I need it to.
I am in no way defending banks here but online banking security has to be a shared responsibility.
I agree that all banks should use 2FA for access to online services, geo-location restrictions could be implemented but this needs to be a discussion between the user and the bank especially if the user travels a lot. Restricting which devices can access an account is another measure that is not difficult to implement.
However I also know that Joe Public on the whole does not like using 2FA. Joe Public has to wake up and realise that using the same password for all their Internet accounts is a bad idea and that 2FA is there to protect their data (and money).
365 days x 24 hours = 8760 hours
0.01% of 8760 hours is 0.876 hours (approx 52.5 minutes of potential downtime)
You then have to work out what that would cost in money to your business.
Five 9s buys you an extra 47.25 minutes but I would imagine the additional cost dwarfs what most business would lose under four 9s.
That's not too bad
This story reminded me of the Russian Venus missions. They had no end of mishaps and problems but the best one was on Venera 14 mission. Part of the mission was to measure the compressability of the Venetian soil using a probe. The rover was fitted with cameras which on previous missions had failed because the lens caps got stuck. On this mission they fitted the lens with a push rod mechanism and it worked perfectly. However the lens cap fell right in front of the rover and the probe then proceeded to measure the compressability of a titanium lens cap.
If they press ahead with this, most contractors would go permie as the idea of paying a lot more tax for no extra benefit (sick pay, holdiay, pension etc) is not desirable. Permie pay is a lot less than contract rates. End result will be that the HMRC net tax take goes down and the workplace becomes less flexible just when really need it to be as the loonys seems hell bent on pushing ahead with Brexit.
"Yes. Problematic access to cat videos, grumble sites, modest inconvenience for the leeches of the city, It wouldn't be the end of my world"
Unless you keep your money under the bed and not in a bank and you have an allotment, the severing of these cables would most certainly affect you.
As far as I can tell there are two things about Drones/UAVS/Quadcopters that concern people. Safety and Privacy; you could endanger aircraft/cars/people with them and you can film other people/places with them. Both of these situations apply to many other items - Model Aircraft/High Altitude Balloons/Kites etc all carry the same risks.
So as we currently apply common sense or have existing legislation for the above why do we need new laws?
This reminds me of an old ShoeComics strip. I can't find it on Google but basically somebody was complaining about the Air Force spending $78 on a woodscrew - The General said:
Ah to you it is a woodscrew, but to us it is a M-1 8 fully-slotted, manually activated, fibre intrusive, material securing device.
I love OS maps (sad I know) and remember many a Geography lesson learning about them.
Church with a tower
Church with a dome
Scree - Google Maps still does not include this useful bit of information.
A pint to OS - If you need to know where to get the pint - Search for the pint pot with a handle.
Nice piece. However I am going to stand up for Mr Robot. I get that everything happens in a ludicrously short period of time - nobody can hack the jail door system from a laptop in the car park, piggy backing of the bluetooth connection in a police car - but other than that all the social engineering and the apocalyptic view of big business and everyone living on social media is dangerously close to what is happening today.
What this does not tell us is how long the metadata is stored for. 217TB sound like a lot of data but in the grand scheme of things it isn't. Banking systems hold nearly as much.
Do they slurp up a days worth of metadata from across the globe, process it and then keep the bits they are interested in?
Or do they just download the entire internet's browsing history and file it away?
My guess is somewhere between the two. As another poster mentioned, this system would have been a govt IT project. The spooks probably wanted the first option and got something nearer the second.
ISPs SELL us 'unlimited' data. Either honour the meaning of the word 'unlimited' or SELL us something else.
The situation reminds me of the rail companies in the UK who are liable for fines for running a late service. They now try to define the word 'late' as meaning a certain time after the timetabled arrival time.
A long, long time ago when I was cutting my teeth on a IT Helpdesk I took a call from a user who told me all his work had disappeared.
After a bit of questioning about how and where he saved files I established what he actually meant was that the Word document he was currently working on suddenly had no text in it. He had typing all morning and now it was gone - and what was I going to do about it!
More questioning about had he been saving as he went along (no auto-save in them days!) and what was the last thing he did.
Eventually I wore him down and he admitted he may have changed the text colour to white. He couldn't remember how and wanted to know how to make it black again!
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