* Posts by Allonymous Coward

371 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012


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

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I'm no fan of offshoring, and I used to quite like Rackspace back when I used them. But as a non-US techie (who's admittedly probably slightly jealous of high left-pondian remuneration) I'm not entirely surprised they're decimating their American workforce in favour of somewhere cheaper. I sometimes worry that American tech salaries are in a bubble.

Cut us some Slack: $27bn+ later, collab tool officially belongs to Salesforce

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Microsoft has, over the years, pointedly remarked that its Teams collaboration environment has many more users than Slack. The subtext to those jibes is that Redmond is the outfit really driving the future of work and Slack is an upstart afterthought.

I use both (paid) Slack and Teams. Teams is a qualitatively worse user experience in almost every way. Other opinions are available of course.

This should count for something, though of course it often doesn't when it comes to workplace software (oh hi Oracle HR, SharePoint).

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

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Re: Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

The worst boss I ever had was a big believer in everything that came out of Gartner. I think he used it as a crutch to support his lack of knowledge and experience despite somehow having lucked into a relatively senior position.

I still get annoyed about some of his bone-headed decisions several years later, even the ones that didn't affect me. Mostly they weren't based on Gartner analysis, but Gartner analysis was partly to blame for the thoroughly undeserved confidence in his own abilities.

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Re: He's lucky it was just some t-shirts...


Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning

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I run a VM on my NAS to sync photos with Google (I’m not dumb enough to *store* them there - it’s just a useful service for publishing & sharing). That runs Backup & Sync; guess I have to update it now. How boring.

Rocky Linux release attracts 80,000 downloads as ex-CentOS users mull choices

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We shifted some workloads to RHEL, others to Amazon Linux. Work were happy to pay and wanted the certainty, so who am I to argue?

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Two of the three names posted for AlmaLinux make me think I’d probably check out Rocky Linux first, if I had a need to get off CentOS which luckily I don’t any more.

Lockdown-induced gadgetry rush sent Dixons Carphone's online sales skywards – and repaid £73m of furlough wages

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People still buy from Dixons Carphone?

Huh. Who knew.

Lotus Notes refuses to die, again, as HCL debuts Domino 12

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Re: Domino

I used Notes for a few years in the early 00’s. That was always my take. I quite liked it, except as an email platform.

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It was Notes that displayed the odd hieroglyphs, yes.

In a piece of software not known for its usability touches, I thought that was quite a nice one. Made it easy to see if you’d typed your password correctly without actually giving it away.

I seem to recall it was actually somewhat secure too. I forget the exact details but it was a little more sophisticated than a simple “A = bird, B = wavy line, C = head, etc” substitution.

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users

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Well that was a hopeless cop-out by the ICO

^ see subject.

SitePoint hacked: Hashed, salted passwords pinched from web dev learning site via GitHub tool pwnage

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Wow, there’s a name I’ve not heard in ages.

Next you’ll be telling us Webmonkey got hacked.

Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms

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Re: The link is NOT missing though?

That was my take. I hope Gaz actually looked at the page rather than just dashing off a few lines based upon something said by lobby groups.

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I’m puzzled

GOV.UK has a webpage for this titled "report a change of circumstances if you have a visa or BRP". Importantly, the page only links to hard-copy forms for people wanting to update their BRP addresses.

Except it doesn’t just link to hard-copy forms? In fact there’s a link to the online form right in the page (and seems to have been for a while).

Harry Fone from TPA has told me exactly why I’m supposed to be livid about this. Which is helpful of him because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to think.

Perhaps El Reg could clarify what exactly the Government should have done differently?

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Re: IBM Enterprise software from just a couple of years ago still uses Flash

IIRC we had some shitty IBM ILO up until a few years ago that we had to keep an old Windows VM around for. It was the only way we could conjure up the very special, ancient and insecure concoction of browser versions and JVMs necessary to make the damn thing work.

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Re: IBM Enterprise software from just a couple of years ago still uses Flash

It’s almost like “enterprise” software is known for a terrible user experience and feels like it’s been written for top dollar by bottom drawer programmers, hitting every bad-technical-decision branch on the way down.

Trump administration says Russia behind SolarWinds hack. Trump himself begs to differ

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Re: HOWTO: hack their voting machines

in Australia it's illegal to NOT vote. If you don't vote, you either demonstrate and prove a bloody good reason or you get fined or potentially jailed

There’s much else wrong with your post besides, but this is overwrought bull excrement. You do not get jailed - even “potentially” - for failing to vote in Australia.

Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Ansible's open source, so I think this is Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt really. Someone can and almost certainly would fork it if that happened.

There's a separate discussion to be had over whether Ansible as a tool is evolving in the right direction under Red Hat's ownership...

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Ubuntu is slightly better than Debian for this sort of thing*. We used to use it over Debian because it was free but there were commercial support offerings available for production if we needed them. And we did buy support contracts with Canonical at various points.

This whole debacle feels like it could be a good validation of Canonical's business model.

* yes I know there are other reasons people might prefer Debian, don't @ me.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges

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Re: Private Pickup?

I’ve worked in one organisation that did this. It was brilliant! And it was in the NHS which is really surprising for such a forward thinking IT policy.

I can only assume offices that don’t do it haven’t experienced what a difference it makes.

How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale

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Re: "economic aggression"?


It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons

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Re: Back in th eday? Still!

They were at $LASTJOB too. There were some concessions to modernity though - edited zone file was deployed by Puppet and named-checkzone run before the thing was put live.

Watchdog signals Boeing 737 Max jets can return to US skies following software upgrade, pilot training

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I'm never going to fly an airline that flies these things

Not a totally outlandish stance. Almost all the airlines I fly with (which is none at the moment anyway) don't use them.

Elon Musk's ancient April Fools' gag about 'Tesla Tequila' made real in lightning-shaped bottle

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This is my own brand. Tres Comas.

Know what that means in Spanish?

Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users avoid Canonical's Snap Store

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Re: They missed the obvious.

I don't want them distributed independently either. Except when I do, because the distro's package is broken, obsolete or some similar reason. Various development frameworks and minor applications have fallen foul of this over the years. In one memorable case I now run the Windows version of a little utility under WINE because it relies on (IIRC) a no-longer-shipped Qt version and has never been updated. The Windows version ships with all the necessary old DLLs or whatever and more or less just works.

That said, web browsers are hardly edge-case, seldom-used niche applications.

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400

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Re: Not in the enterprise

completely physically disable the GPIO

Hot glue gun?

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Why not gut one and use the innards in a different/better keyboard? Would make an interesting project.

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Re: The keyboard is everything

- Upvotd fom my MacBook Po

Shots fired! WordPress's Matt claims Jamstack's marketing is 'not intellectually honest' in debate with Netlify's Matt

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As a new hipster web architecture, I'm surprised it's jamstack.org and not, say, jamster.io

Get off my lawn etc.

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns

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Re: Making bricks fly

When the 737max comes back I'll just avoid airlines that have them in their fleet. I mostly fly BA anyway and they use A3xx for their short hauls.

This. I sometimes fly long haul on Boeings but they're not the ones with the problem. Would happily get on a 777 any day.

Short haul, the airlines that operate 737s are mostly ones I'd rather not fly anyway for other reasons. Ryanair being the obvious example.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Re: You had one job...

It shows either a staggering level of overconfidence in their systems or a staggering level of disregard for the wider public. Considering we're talking about Über, I'll let you decide which one of those it likely was

Considering we're talking about Über, it could be both.

Virgin Galactic reveals giant mirror feature in cabin design for Beardy Branson's space bus

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Great. Now I can't unsee that "clever and futuristic-looking" typography.

What a pile of toss.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Re: Payment workaround?

I too had no idea money sent to TDF wasn't actually used for development.

I do occasionally like to pay a bit towards the open source software I use, so went looking on Collabora's website for a "donate" button. Couldn't find one, which maybe isn't surprising if it'd be hard for them to square the accounting.

It feels like the LibreOffice community are missing a funding trick here.

Drupal drops first big upgrade in five years and looks forward by looking backwards

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CMS behind gov.uk

[citation needed]

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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While I'm sorry for anyone who loses their job, I can't help but feel any business with "Capita Consulting" in the title probably deserves to go down in flames.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Form or function?

This is often the thing with reviews of new desktop Linux releases, particularly in the less-technical press (not necessarily El Reg). There's a new installer, they've changed the theme a little bit, it now ships with Evolution instead of Thunderbird.

Maybe the killer features are few and far between, maybe desktops are a mature market, maybe mostly things just work, maybe reviewers focus on the wrong stuff? I don't know. But I do see a lot of reviews along those lines.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: Is there any advantage left by using commercial certs?

I've been told Buypass supports the ACME protocol and issues free certificates. Not tried it myself, but in theory that provides a backup to Let's Encrypt.


eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: Lots of issues here

It doesn't, of course. But it does mean in many cases you can stop it loading the script in the first place. I realise I may be telling people on a site like El Reg how to suck eggs, but defence in depth and all that.

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Re: Lots of issues here

Run a pihole for your local DNS server, pull down a few good big domain blacklists (mine has ~1M records), make sure whatever domains this script is coming from are in that list.

My pihole blocks ~20% of all requests from my home network, with no obvious loss of functionality for wife & kids in most cases (had to whitelist some Kindle Fire stuff).

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Other reports are saying they became aware of this in January

72 hours has a different meaning at Easyjet.

Your flight isn't cancelled, it's just delayed by 72 hours so you don't need a refund.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Re: Red Dwarf, perhaps?

Would you like some toast?

Butterfly defect stripped from MacBook Pros, Airs by Q2 2020, reckons Apple analyst

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The separate one with the white plastic keys in a metal frame is the only Apple keyboard I've ever liked.

I have an old one plugged into my butterfly-equipped MacBook Pro. It's about the only thing keeps me sane.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Re: Is this as ususal software related?

I made the mistake (it generally is on Twitter) of reading some of the original thread & associated comments. Which mostly seemed to be from members of the law rather than IT profession.

One person claimed "lots" of the NHS still uses Windows 95. On further questioning it turns out this may have been one particular radiology system. So:

1) Not "lots" then

2) If it's an MRI scanner costing millions of pounds then, yes, the NHS might well be justified in not buying another one just to move to Windows 10 or whatever.

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Simple updates to the system

It's easy and probably somewhat justifiable to throw stones. However if the system was actually simple to upgrade, presumably they would've already done it.

As any IT fule (but perhaps not all lawyers) no, there are plenty of reasons this might be more complicated & nuanced than just upgrading the desktops at your law firm. For example, if it's an audio recording/archiving system there might be hardware support issues.

Turnover down, losses widen and shares crash: So, business as usual at Capita

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Couldn't happen to a nicer company

I say that every year when Capita reports problems, but it's worth repeating.

Parks and recreation escalate efforts to take back control of field terrorised by thug geese

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I learned that ACME Corp had infiltrated its way into almost every aspect of industry.

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I for one welcome our avian overlords

Etc etc.

Icon, because bird.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Re: Recommendations

In the UK, Argos has become my go-to online retailer for the same reason.

I still get stuff off Amazon (Argos don't sell SSDs for example) but I tend to look other places first.

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not

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Re: Bit disappointed

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