* Posts by Mayday

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Evernote's fall from grace is complete, with sale to Italian app maker

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I totally forgot that I even had Evernote until I saw this article and remembered why I stopped using it.

I'm going have a look at Simplenote now.

Husband and wife nuclear warship 'spy' team get 20 years each

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Terminator

Re: Damn!

Plenty of military hardware uses Xbox controllers. They’re familiar to the operators, reasonably robust and reliable (ok, you can have those two) and can be replaced more easily than some bespoke kit.

I CBFd looking up exactly how many and what, but a cursory search found a bomb disposal robot and a couple of other things.

Australia blames Russia for harboring health insurance hackers

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Headmaster

Re: And yet

It wasn’t Medicare. It was Medibank.

Medicare is the public (government) health scheme and Medibank is a health insurance provider.

Chipmakers cripple products to dodge US China ban

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Pirate

Re: Sure

“Club fed”

Like every other time copyright breaches or piracy of US patents/intellectual property has occurred in China?

Zoom adds email and calendar to its apps, to relieve the crushing burden of ALT-TAB

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Alert

You'd think they'd add security at some stage

I've been able to dial into meetings of an old workplace for months because I've got the meeting URL with the "passcode" embedded in it.

The all liquid-cooled colo facility rush has begun

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Go

This should have happened much sooner

I'm sure I'm not the only one in this forum that is accustomed to the lovely environment within a datacentre.

Not to mention having to account for power/cooling/hot or cold aisles/hot containment etc. in the design.

Microsoft hits the switch on password-free smartphone authentication

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Facepalm

Re: More Explanation Needed (...for this confused old f*rt).....

Now all we need to do is ensure that users only have “good” certificates installed, don’t install dodgy ones and don’t “click here to read this dodgy site anyway”

Microsoft feels the need, the need for speed in Teams

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Windows

Upgrades

“ Microsoft has rolled out an upgrade for..”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks, “Here we bloody go again. What’s going to break this time?”

Double-check demand payment emails from law firms: Convincing fakes surface

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Megaphone

Cyber awareness training g

“ As with any social-engineering attack, cybersecurity awareness training for employees also is important”

Good luck with that. The human link in the cyber chain is the guaranteed point where fuckups can and do happen.

NFT vending machine appears in London

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WTF?

Let me understand this

So I swipe my card/ETH/BTC wallet at this machine and nothing comes out?

Looks great to me!

Microsoft warns of North Korean crew posing as LinkedIn recruiters

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Devil

This is still better

Than half the shit “real” recruiters send me on LinkedIn 20 times a day.

Pentagon is far too tight with its security bug bounties

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Mushroom

Air Force vs Navy vs Marines

Different undercarriage (including tail hook and catapult launch gear)

Folding wings

Different store attachments

Thrust vectoring mechanisms

Different landing systems (for flight deck operations)

Etc

Microsoft to kill off old access rules in Exchange Online

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Coat

Bugger

So how am I supposed to read emails, see ex-colleagues (including the CEO) calendars and contact details etc from jobs I left months ago now?

Spotted at industry confab: Quadcopter equipped with Brit missiles Ukraine is so fond of

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Holmes

Re: Technicals?

And which one is more reliable, able to be used more often, and by more (ie less specially trained) people?

A Hilux or a $/£125k quad?

IT services giant Wipro fires 300 for moonlighting

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Flame

Re: Must show loyalty constantly - USA

Indeed.

How many posts on LinkedIn do you see where someone was laid off or otherwise fired and they thank the employer for the great time they had?

DXC Technology linked with private equity takeover talks

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Alert

TLAs I won’t work for.

This is one of them.

I always politely decline when a recruiter rings about this and similar firing agencies.

This crew and WITCH. For those watching at home and unfamiliar, WITCH can be seen as the opposite of the “glamour” of FAANG, a few of which I also wouldn’t work for but that’s another story.

Anyway:

Wipro

Infosys

TCL (can also be Tech Mahindra if you wish)

Cognizant

HCL

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Angel

Mood stabiliser Nirvana

I’m so happy, ‘cause today I found my friends.

Firefox 105 is here, and it's faster and more memory-frugal

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Stop

Re: Vertical Tabs

I might even give this one a crack, as opposed to typing like I’m smoking it.

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Go

Vertical Tabs

I’m going to go d this one a crack I think.

Nvidia unveils RTX 4090 – but it's the 4080 to watch out for

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Terminator

4070

I reckon the 4070 will be some 8GB job when we are graced with its presence.

'Last man standing in the floppy disk business' reckons his company has 4 years left

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Thumb Down

Re No Paris

Oh no. I just made this reply to confirm that it were true. Well that sucks. What happened there? “Someone” must have complained.

Meta, Twitter, Apple, Google urged to up encryption game in post-Roe America

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Big Brother

Re: They don't need to up their encryption game

I think these are two different (but valid) problems.

Cisco SMB revolution: selling hardware with no subscription required

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Flame

Maybe they realise (to a degree)

That people have got jack of subscriptions and actually want to buy something?

FWIW - CCIE here. Certainly doesn’t mean I run towards the bridge logo. In fact the subscription model has driven me up the wall for a few years now and I consider other options. Unfortunately most of them “require” subscriptions too.

Heart now pledges 30-seat hybrid electric commercial flights by 2028

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Stop

Re: Neat

“ not enough juice to supply the millions of electric cars that are coming” and the rest

Airfields have much more electricity supply than a typical house. Most have some kind of light industrial, commercial facilities and ALL that would serve as a destination for this kind of aircraft will have a terminal, radar, and about half a megawatt of lighting already sitting there. Most of this is also backed up by emergency generators so aircraft can still land and night in the event of a power failure.

These things won’t be that hard to “fuel” at all.

PS. I’m a pilot. Not that it matters that much in this context, but I know what you’ll find at an airfield.

NASA reshuffles dates for Artemis I launch attempt

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Mushroom

Re: Reading the corner cutting...

"you would have to rely on it blowing itself up"

In he right place and time too. Let's say the thing takes a wrong turn and points itself at Titusville or Orlando and flight control can't resume correct navigation. You'll want to blow it up deliberately well before it gets to an urban centre rather than hope it manages to do it itself on its own before it hits something.

Twilio more than decimates staff, CEO says it grew too fast

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Meh

12 Weeks + 1 week per year

Thats actually rather generous, particularly by American standards. When I've been laid off (Australia) in the past it's been a kick in the arse and not much else. Most American mobs dont even get that.

Either way, I'd prefer to be employed than have a CEO who "accepts responsibility" and "feels terrible" and need to go home and tell the family Im looking for work and can't put food on the table because someone else made a few shit decisions.

Feds freeze $30m in cryptocurrency stolen from Axie Infinity

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IT Angle

Please tell me

How North Korea stealing crypto to bypass sanctions helps its defence programmes? I ,Evan it’s not like they can use bitcoin to buy a bunch of jets/destroyers now is it? Who would accept it? I’m guessing I’ve got that wrong.

All I can think of is maybe the stolen “cash” disrupts someone else’s economy.

Amazon expands end-to-end video encryption to battery-powered Ring devices

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Trollface

Hey AC, I can't understand what you're saying.

EDIT: I just smoked some crack. I think I get it now.

Apple debuts iPhone 14, Watch 8, other sparkly things

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Gimp

Dynamic Island*

Who names this crap?

*Feature actually looks ok though, but the name itself is crap.

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Angel

Did something similar for an Aussie telco once

I worked for Aussie”s third tier telco back in the day (this particular day, I’ve also worked for numbers 1&2 at various stages) An old ATM based partial mesh was replaced with a ladder type MPLS topology and everyone was happy. That was until two legs of the ladder “somewhere between the east coast and Perth” suffered from backhoe attenuation* almost simultaneously. The normally highly resilient ladder topology didn’t handle two backhoes a few thousand km apart going through two legs at the same time.

I recalled an old STM-1 that connected Sydney to Perth that no one remembered to turn off. Rang a NOC guy and asked him to log into the router these links were connected to. “No shut” on both interfaces and they lit up (!!!), better yet the old IPs were still on the interfaces and the bastards could ping. Immediately set up BGP neighbourships and they started to exchange prefixes. Bang. We’re up again. One poxy/stupid** ATM link is hardly a super resilient ladder topology but it worked until the network could be repaired (a week or so).

* Backhoe attenuation is a phenomenon where cables, particularly underground high capacity fibres, lose signal due to errant backhoes digging them up.

** If something is “stupid” and it works, then it is not stupid.

Nvidia will unveil next-gen GPU architecture in September

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Trollface

Re: There's some pun to be had

Deepthroat or deepfakes?

Apple autonomous car engineer pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets

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Stop

Re: Doesn't sound like espionage

You’ll find there’d be some serious NDAs and handling procedures around this. I’ve had jobs where I’ve allowed to take “work stuff” home, and others where I can’t. I’d presume that Apple hardware, especially when it involves a v0 product will not be allowed to leave some highly secure room(s) at Appleville.

Network congestion algorithms have design flaw, says MIT

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Angel

Not needed if everyone implements RFC1149

https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc1149.txt

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

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Alien

Re: 8 track tape recorder?

Here it is. With explanations of how to play etc. Personally I’m not sure I could have worked it out if this thing landed on my lap with the diagrams shown as the only “instructions” but I’m sure the sort who’d have the means to find the thing are smarter than me.

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/

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Pint

Do they build them like the used to?

A design life of ~15-20 years and still chugging along after 45, albeit at a reduced capacity.

Keep it up!

Microsoft's Secure Boot fix sends some PCs into BitLocker Recovery

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Coat

Can't boot at all?

Guess it's pretty secure then.

Starlink satellite dish cracked on stage at Black Hat

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Angel

Can’t say I’m surprised.

Physical access + specialist equipment and he gets in. Especially on a v1 hardware (think games consoles too with mod chips).

Meta iOS apps accused of injecting code into third-party websites

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WTF?

Privacy

“The code in question allows us to respect people's privacy“

Wtf? Surely he doesn’t believe this bollocks himself. Being in this position I’m guessing they were hired solely on their ability to keep a straight face when spurting this crap out.

Asteroids may shoot pebbles into shallow temporary orbits, boffins believe

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Alien

Sure they aren’t arachnids?

Bug meteors, “hurling their spore through space”

Would you like to know more:

https://starshiptroopers.fandom.com/wiki/Arachnid

VMware offers cloudy upgrade lifeline to legacy vCenter users

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Re: Complexity

“Every new version becomes overloaded with features”

And new versions of certifications which must be updated every 1-3 years for engineers, and partner status to stay current, for no real reason but to sell poorly worded exams filled with spelling, grammatical and technical errors.

Granted VMware is an exception. I have not needed to renew my VCP-DCV or NV for a while now. I don’t see a personal benefit in the pissing contest in not being called a VCP 2022 just because some other guy has it.

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Devil

Pain incoming

“ While VMware has given a lifeline to users of the vCenter versions mentioned above, it's also warned more of its customers they have some pain coming.”

Unless they pay $2m+ to hang around with Broadcom?

Google tells Apple to 'fix text messaging' in bid to promote RCS protocol

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Devil

I don't care which vendor implements it

But there needs to be a unifying standard to suit everyone here.

https://xkcd.com/927

Polaris supercomputer boots up, paves way for Aurora exascale system

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Coat

Naturally?

Will it run Crysis?

Citrix adds Hypervisor Cloud to bring more and faster updates

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Megaphone

They got this wrong

Disclaimer: despite the fact I used to work for Citrix, and hate them so much I need counselling, I can acknowledge the worth and usefulness of their products.

I don’t understand how Citrix could have gone so badly during covid and associated lockdowns, and the rise of extensive remote working. For a company whose bread and butter is remote working products, associated security and the like should have absolutely cleaned up. Now look at them. Seems like they are hoping Broadcom/VMware stuff things up worse than what they did and that the customers who migrated to VMware Horizon come back when Vmware decide they aren’t big enough to be customers anymore.

Equifax software bug messed up credit score calculations for weeks

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Flame

Equifux

Bank or similar body: your credit score is bad, therefore you are unable to get a mortgage and you’re on the street

Customer; How can that be? I pay off everything on time. I’ll investigate!

Equifux: We broke something. Sorry. Not your fault.

Customer: But I’m on the street now? What can I do? Consumers evidently rely on accurate reporting by you lot for our livelihoods. Well that’s what you tell us anyway.

Equifux: I’ll refer you to our previous sorry message and we’ll also add that we take security and IT issues seriously.

Sage accused of misselling perpetual licenses it knew would soon be obsolete

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Devil

"Nonetheless, customers are still arguing they will be worse off under subscription licenses"

Isn't that the same with every single software product?

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Stop

Other job ad wank that “works against” me

“Dynamic organisation” what? No one knows what’s happening there?

“Competitive salary” competitive with what? If it’s competitive, just tell me what it is then

“Agile” we have standups, but PMs want deadlines so they still fell relevant

“Continuous improvement” it’s a shitshow and won’t ever change

“ Additional duties as required” no shit, mostly after hours and not recognised as paid overtime

Indonesia sparks outrage by blocking PayPal, gaming sites, for compliance oversight

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Re: PayPal and others may be able to "keep up with the regulations"...

Not quite. Origins are to an autonomous system, and BGP uses a variety of path selection techniques to choose the best path to take for any given prefix.

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Re: PayPal and others may be able to "keep up with the regulations"...

What’s routing protocols got to do with blocking websites?

Ok. Before you get smart, BGP sinkholes *could* and *are* used to block IP addresses, typically to block a DoS these days, but it means you’d be blocking any and all services hosted on whatever the IP you’re blocking is. Which is why you can resolve multiple FQDNs to the same IP address and whatever content you’re after is sent from whatever content or application delivery controller/system the host has.

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