* Posts by IT Hack

377 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Nov 2011


Now NetApp sued by its own veep over claims of broken sales commission promises

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My Takeaway


Support was my gig there. Manager. Every time bonus time rolled around I'd submit my numbers which were then 'adjusted' by a director.

It's not the first time NetApp pulled a stunt like that.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/gsa-contractor-netapp-agrees-pay-us-128-million-resolve-contract-fraud-allegations <-- 2009

Sysadmin and IT ops jobs to slump, says IDC

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Re: Old Fart

Yeah ;pretty much spot on. On the other hand avant-garde satire is dying. Dada push'n up the mango's.

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Old Fart

Hi Everybody! I'm Dr N...I mean Old Fart!

Notwithstanding the complete overuse of corpspeak this is just FUD written by some bored AI with illusions of competence and perhaps significance. Probably someone confused about day to day IT Ops and Service Delivery in the real non-FAAAAAAAAANG world of users and production. Sure massively refined sorting algorithms have their place in todays applications, much like the iron those 'serverless' run on. Back in the day before servers and ....ahhh fuck it. Can't be bothered with this bollocks. Basically shit evolves and there will always be a need for some one to fix it and the user.

Major decision on GDPR compensation rights expected soon

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Re: GDPR is a joke without enforcement

Dunno who downvoted but I guess you can't teach stupid.

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Re: GDPR is a joke without enforcement

Any GDPR violations need to be reported to the ICO - Information Commissioners Office


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Re: Word

Linklaters run out of London and have done since 1838.

Arca Noae is modernizing OS/2 Warp for 21st century PCs

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Did they ever fix the ctrl alt del reboot thing?

That was annoying as hell.

Elon Musk 'buying Manchester United' football club

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Re: United


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This must happen.

A Leeds fan.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop

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Just want to mention the Munich Linux thing. Before Munich committed to the tech refresh Microsoft sent all sorts of execs until Steve 'Monkey Boi' Blamer got involved and undoubtedly greased the sales funnel (did they have such a thing back then?) but the recalcitrant government client decided to go ahead with the Linux deployment. As someone mentioned in their post that the roll out failed as the workers could not access resources for them to perform their function. So moved they canned it all and MS was back in the game. I wonder how much was spent by MS when really all they needed to do (as was predicted by many at the time) was wait until the entire thing fell to bits and the customer came in from the cold.

Cost is the crux of the issue. It will be, as usual, the big corps that would have the ability to make Linux a viable business tool outside of 'just being a server'. If you can move an entire compute infrastructure off MS and onto Linux and not loose availability, integrity and confidentiality along side not loosing service management abilities and not impact negatively on performance of (user) role you could be a pioneer. Thing is though that this is all predicated on infrastructure that is usually a mix of on prem and cloud. So really in this situation the back end is not a driver but the desktop side absolutely is.

So how much does that cost?

That is what is not going to make Linux a globally ubiquitous business tool. It would be horrifically expensive and what are the benefits exactly?

From an IT ops view it would be a horror show of trying to manage an OS that changes far too often to test applications. Then there are the issues around managing the devices and user accounts.

Then regulatory issues could get in the way as well. In this I mean the issue of admin accounts. Users never get admin accounts these days. So when the shit hits the fan and you've been breached through a compromised user account the powers that be would question why a user has an admin account.

All these issues can be dealt with, of that I have no doubt. The question for businesses is if it justifies an exorbitant cost. I cannot see it happening, not over night anyway.

There might be MSPs out there that can provide a linux desktop service and perhaps the 'change' will be coming from that side? I am not really sure about that either. A question would be where the sweet spot is in terms of users, cost and profit (for both client and MSP).

So yeah. Cost.


How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?

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How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?

Downloaded the latest version of Firefox.

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter

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Re: Shut up and do your job!

Really Triggered.

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Re: Who FORCED you to work for Elon?


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Re: Dear Employees,

Musk cannot run for President. He was not born in the US nor are his parents American citizens when he was born in South Africa.

Arm freezes hiring until Nvidia takeover, cancels everyone's 'wellbeing' allowance

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Re: Flim Flammery

Nice post!

I just find it hard to fathom how selling off British innovation & technology to non UK companies secures a strategic advantage for the UK. I can see the 40 billion price tag is too rich for us but I can't help think that this is more shortsightedness than securing a technologically beneficial resource.

It does rather piss me off that we went from being a preeminent computing superpower to where we are now.

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Re: Flim Flammery -> Hunger Games

I have to admit my first reaction was 'I would pay to see that'.

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Flim Flammery

1 - Why is there no UK interest in ARM?

2 - How hard are the board hoping no execs need to exit the business?

3 - Flexpot (and schemes like it) requires the OK of management to use. Yet it is part of their compensation. Any employment lawyers here?

4 - I would be hugely amused if, after the sale, and most employees realize they've been shafted, again, the majority of the workforce resigns.

What happens when your massive text-generating neural net starts spitting out people's phone numbers? If you're OpenAI, you create a filter

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Security In Depth

Good to see that as a part of coding fundamentals management are taking information security seriously.

£30m in contracts awarded in Post Office's £357m ATM overhaul

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I wonder how many innocent people will wind up in prison.

To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production

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Several years ago I was approached by RH as they were looking for a service delivery manager based in Brno. Eventually got to interview.

What a complete shambles. From the hiring manager excusing himself from the interview because he 'had something important to do' to being asked what I would to support the companies charitable work and gave as an example how I would deal with someone on my team who did not want to be involved.

Needless to say I didn't get involved in what was clearly a toxic environment. I don't know if its changed or not but after that experience and some of the quite rankly bizarre tech choices they've made I am glad I didn't get involved.

Oh yeah my answers - to the guy that left I said that was not making a good impression on me but he still fucked off and the charity one....frankly I really do not think it is a sign of leadership to tell people which charities they need to support and that the suggestion was pretty bad and that whoever thought this was a good idea was an idiot. Clearly by that time I had no interest in them.

That they are now with IBM and getting seriously reamed is not a surprise.

Microsoft says bug, sorry, 'a latent defect' in Safe Deployment Process system downed Azure Active Directory

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Re: Microsoft and its rings

Rings? Sounds a b it goatse-ey to me...

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Show it works


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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

A good pun is by nature bad.

Lets not get hung up on the manager thing. Even though I brought it up.


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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

Sir Spoon.

Bad punning is what I do. I am manager.

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Re: Huh

The issue is that vendors don't really do much in the way of securing code or coding securely. Is it the fault of the devs? Perhaps but certainly the vendor should be ensuring devs get the correct guidance. On the flip side are customers who will take any s/w willy nilly with no concept of acceptance testing and indeed the security posture of the software is absolutely part of that acceptance.

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

Ha yeah you're ...not your. I didn't even catch that.

I note my critic has removed they're post!

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

Hide into nowhere

No...hiding to nowhere (also hiding to nothing) is correct. Hide into nowhere isn't even a phrase.

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

First you audit the software before implementing it. Not only what resources it requires but also how it 'does' security. So in terms of authentication ....network layer authentication to be the way to go coupled with MFA. Of course if your MFA is compromised then your on a hiding to nowhere.

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No multi factor authentication? Pretty standard these days and if your system does not support these kinds of authentication you need to ask yourself how secure is this.

Normally I would add the beer icon and make a quip. However it's about 07:30 and I refuse to let the lockdown turn me into a booze hound.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Re: What's Really Behind This?

RNLI...from its foundation to now is just incredible. The people who do the job are even more incredible. I hear some of them say that the day job is what lets them be able to do the rescue.

I'm not a seafarer by stretch but I do go to the beach often and when I do and there is a RNLI station I tend to slip them a twenty.

It isn't the heroics that makes me do that but rather the dedication they have that enables them to do the heroics.

Good: IT admins scrambled to patch 80 per cent of public-facing Citrix boxes to close nightmare hijack hole

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By that I mean what the fuck.

Patching and keeping track of patch releases is a daily house keeping task that every sys admin must do to be worthy of the title.

UK Home Office opens AWS cash firehose even wider with £100m public cloud services deal

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The man who once compared government IT to twitter and therefore easy to do.

I kid thee not.

Beer coz its Firday.

Another senior Gov.UK bod makes a dash from public sector, falls into AWS's arms

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Ahh Good old Liam...on the gravy train.

Amusing that the reason he joined the Cabinet Office was through his highly qualified tech career as an on line estate agent.

UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database

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Interesting to see how they will meet GDPR requirements.

Dough! Jobs microsite for UK's data watchdog set hundreds of cookies without visitors' consent

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Really? Who the fuck uses Hays for a tech project?

Leeds IT bloke pleads guilty to hacking Jet2 CEO's email account

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Re: Setting Up Generic

Sounds fishy to me....

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Setting Up

Dunno...he was a project manager. An org like Dart would not give a PM that level of access. If they did then I bet it contravenes their ISMS.

Beer coz well...Beer

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market

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Re: Nope (space hunter)

Good grief! You and I are probably the only people to have watched that...blast from the past that!

Also Barbarella.

/mic drop

Haunted by Europe's GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire

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Re: RDAP web client

Much to my amusement I was returned the below message when I tried to look up our company domain name -

"No registry RDAP server was identified for this domain. Attempting lookup using WHOIS service."

Beer coz its the only solution.

IBM looks to boost sales the same way it has for 65 years – yes, it's a new mainframe: The z15

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Re: "In The Box"?

Rules of teh fiziks

Not sure there are the normal network components at the bus level within mainframe architecture.

This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows

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Patch Levels

Don't laugh. No really.

Just joined a win 10 rds shop. Not used Win10 nor Server 2019 in anger. Previously I would use the various baseline/security tools to find the patch levels pre Win10. So I searched for a MS tool for these later OS versions. Nada. Nowt. Bollocks all.

Besides one person making a droll comment about Nessus is there a tool out there that provides this? Am I barking up the wrong tree? In fact am I losing my mind?!

Yes yes Linux...and mostly probably agree but MS shop.

A (web based) pint to all who help!

FBI, NSA to hackers: Let us be blunt. Weed need your help. We'll hire you even if you've smoked a little pot in the past

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Only if you're white. Natch.

Hull be damned: KCOM shuts shop as UK High Court waves through £627m Macquarie deal

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Re: Network Engineers Celebrate!

Pretty standard for all private equity firms that...and indeed a good point.

Frankly the best thing for KCOM is to be nuked from orbit and let BT take over. Oh wait...

Pirate coz well pirate is as pirate does.

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Network Engineers Celebrate!

Most likely short lived as you can't really improve a turd but I for one, who first encountered this lot in the late 80's...good riddance.

I have often said to those moaning about Microsoft that they are lucky the did not have to deal with KCOM and I am not a huge MS fan by any stretch.

Beer coz I do feel for the worker drones under the thumb of horrible management.

New UK Home Sec invokes infosec nerd rage by calling for an end to end-to-end encryption

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Re: More useless


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Re: More useless

Truly ruling on a wing and a prayer.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…

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Re: Missing the Point?

It will be interesting to see how one can audit against GDPR requirements...

I recall having a robust discussion about why we (the company I worked for) need to be careful about transitioning our accounts package into the cloud. Partly about the risks of multi-tenanted environments and certainly about access controls to our data.

Sadly (for them as it turned out) costs efficiencies won the day (short term). In a strange twist it was an outage issue that did for them.

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Off Boarding

I'm wondering if her ex-company took the appropriate measures like disabling accounts and the like. And of course regular password changes for admin or root accounts.

Beer coz why the hell not.