* Posts by Brad16800

93 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Nov 2012

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Big tech's discarded techies won't sate the job market, says analyst

Brad16800

I've had a chat with HR recently along the lines of "i'm not planning on leaving but I can get 20-30% more with less responsibility" with 100's of jobs in my area looking.

I don't like the unknown of changing to another company but there is only so long you can stay when costs are going up and you know you can make more elsewhere.

What gets me is if I do leave they'll not be able to get someone for less than what I'd like so seems like a no brainer to keep me happy and with the company instead of needing to hire and train up a replacement.

Aviatrix releases tool to help enterprises prevent cloud network costs spiraling

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Sounds all good and well but I'm guessing they don't offer this for free so while it may help figure out which departments are using what (instead of it just falling under the IT umbrella) it's just another cost for the business. I know if i pitched this i'd be shut down by finance instantly.

LGBTQ+ folks warned of dating app extortion scams

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Sucks that we're still in a world where gender matters. I'm trans and I do hide it at work. I was let go at my last job while in the 3 month probation period a week after I came out to a few people. Apparently poor performance but I'd had nothing but positive feedback upto that point.

I didn't contest it as it'd just be a waste of time. New job now going strong but I'm still hiding who I am on the inside for fear of having to look again for a job (systems engineer).

Shouldn't matter what you identify as. Just need to get the job done.

US senators seek ban on sale of health location data

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What gets me is they're all for protecting unborn foetuses but once that becomes a child they're all about gun rights which end up with mass school shootings.

I really don't get the logic behind it.

SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband

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Re: 56k

Interesting thought but my only complaint would be the hour long wait for line by line view of softcore porn.

Internet isn't perfect but...

US must adopt USB-C charging standard like EU, senators urge

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Mushroom

I do hoard my old cables as well.... Just you can never find the one you need when you need it!

Citrix research: Bosses and workers don't see eye to eye over hybrid work

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I've just partly transitioned from tech to manager (50/50) and I'm currently grappling with this as I'm now responsible for 2 IT support staff.

We need at least one in the office to deal with physical issues so my reasoning was 2 days in the office one week then 3 days the next week so we always have someone there.

I'm also in 4-5 days a week anyway not that I need to but I feel it's important to be an example.

Don't judge me, really hard making everyone happy.

Apple's return-to-office plan savaged by staff

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Re: Options

"And finally, don't abuse my trust - you will only do it once."

Good mantra. I've always been a long leash, short stick person. Rarely used the stick

Brad16800

Re: Horses for courses

In the same boat as you. Some staff want the in person contact and some prefer WFH. I try to be hands off and trust they are doing their job in the best way that suits them.

Personally I like being in the office for the social interaction but I've seen over the last few years you can actually get more out of an employee if you give them more control over where they work.

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Re: iHotel

It's a feature not a bug!

Don't hate on cryptomining, hate the power stations, say Bitcoin super-fans

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Re: My reasons for not investing are because I don't understand all my biases and levers

My brother talked up one of them so I put in $300. Now worth $200 so can't say I'm all in on crypto.

My share portfolio is up 10% this year so I think I'll stick with that

Atlassian comes clean on what data-deleting script behind outage actually did

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Re: well

Amen. Bothered to sign in on my mobile just to update. Sys admins are the gatekeepers for good reason.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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Re: Extra credit

Gold :)

Nebulon adds Ansible support for infrastructure deployment

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Boss: I want to do Windows updates via Ansible

Me: We could just use WSUS and a GPO, i can have it done in half a n hour

Boss: no I want to use Ansible

(i've limited Linux experience and never heard of Ansible at this point)

After a week I'd gotten all Windows servers talking to Ansible (Cred SSP) and a playbook to do Windows updates.

Sure it's interesting but personally I think it's right tool for the job and lets not waste time.

European watchdog: All data collected about users via ad-consent popup system must be deleted

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Re: "Banning personalized ads would severely impact an increasingly important economic sector"

Completely agree. Bought a keyboard then every ad I see for the next 3 months is for keyboards. Completely pointless, why would I want another one... if the data collected was in any way useful I'd expect it to show me ads for a mouse or new speakers.

I'm just wondering when marketing departments realise it's not worth the premium cost of targeted ads.

He ain't heavy, he's my brother: Bloke gives away SpaceX ticket because he was over weight limit

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Re: 149.6kg?

Noticed the same, don't weigh myself every day but do first thing in the morning and it can vary by as much as 4KG. As long as it hangs around the same variance i'm happy :)

Brad16800

My wife signed up to Hello Fresh and sure the food was ok along with a recipe to cook it but I prefer just going to the supermarket and doing it myself rather than paying someone else to figure out my dinner for me. Don't need someone else to decide what I eat (I do all/most of the cooking at home)

I'm sure they have a place, especially if you're new to cooking. My Early years 2 minute noodles featured often when studying but that was more of a financial thing.

Still anything that gets people cooking at home instead of ordering takeaway is a win really. Important life skill.

Brad16800
Pint

Re: Let me fix that.

At 150KG I don't think we're talking bone density issues. But yea, BMI is a bit of a joke, friend of mine is ripped and would be overweight according to BMI. Try telling him that when you're trying to keep up on a run or climbing a cliff.

Good on him for giving the ticket to his mate though.

Actually checked my BMI today and i'm severely underweight (17.9 apparently, 6ft 60kg), they recommended I speak to a GP in case i'm anorexic. Doesn't make sense to me as I drink a ton of beer and eat whatever I like.

Oh I do exercise 30-45 minutes a day, walking, running and swimming so not a complete slob. I like to think I balance out the drinking with the exercise :)

James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home – an orbit almost a million miles from Earth

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Pint

Just a beer

Congrats to everyone involved.

Why should I pay for that security option? Hijacking only happens to planes

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Re: Would they ever...

I once had to call up and get the login details of every store manager (i frget why, was my fi9rst week there).

Guess how many just handed them over without question, not even knowing who I was..... (all of them)

Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation

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Pint

Re: DO NOT DO THIS!

Caution defiantly worth it but i'd hope the intelligence of people on this site means they'd know sarcasm. Was a good one David

Microsoft patches the patch that broke VPNs, Hyper-V, and left servers in boot loops

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Glad I wait a week before doing updates. I know the security updates are important but i'd rather let someone else find the issues first.

We have Hyper-V so this would have been a little bit annoying.

Google joins others in Big Tech: Get vaccinated – or you're fired

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Re: I really don't get it

You can't use logic against crazy. I've given up with my brother, he's too far down the rabbit hole. Sad i know but you can't persuade someone if they aren't willing to listen

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server

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Re: '"how far can I push this before it gets silly". A true engineer'

Upvote on that Mike, I do find I only read the reg for the comments :)

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all

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Re: "Windows' registry doesn't need cleaning"

I'm the same on this. Does the registry need to be cleaned no. Do I bother, no. Is there a bunch of old crap in there from old applications, user profiles, etc.. yes.

It's just not worth the hassle.

Google loses appeal against $2.7bn EU antitrust fine for distorting competition in price comparison websites

Brad16800

Yea had the same. Seems a bit silly to advertise something to you when you already searched and bought it.

The return of the turbo button: New Intel hotness causes an old friend to reappear

Brad16800

I miss alley cat. Oh and that one where you had to catch the babies falling out of a building and bounce then to safety, can't recall the name.

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere

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Re: Reason to

I do agree and this might not be as relevant as we're talking about a TV purchase so money was paid. I think we have given up a lot of our freedoms for 'free' services. We don't pay to do searches or use Facebook, exc....

Personally I don't use pretty much all of them but I get that without ads or a subscription model they would go out of business.

In this situation though it's just plain greedy.

Awkward. At Chrome summit, developer asks: Why should anyone trust Google?

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Re: Technologies

Had the same when searching for a new keyboard. Bought one then nothing but ads for keyboards for the next month. Why would I go buy another...

I'd hardly say their 'targeted' ad have much value.

Honeymoons last a couple of weeks – the same goes for any love for the IT department

Brad16800

We all know IT is a thankless job. We do it well and they don't know we exist. Could go back to that but I have found the covid situation has both increased my time spent working as well as appreciation which I don't think will wane straight away.

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.

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Mushroom

Test server work you just push it to a production server right?

simples :)

How not to train your Dragon: What happens when you teach an AI game sex-abuse stories then blame players

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Re: I

I'm not for or against but I did read an article years ago about something similar. The idea was to keep a CP database and if you wanted access you'd need to give a DNA sample, fingerprints and all that so you'd be caught if you did anything naughty.

Needless to say it never happened but I did find it an interesting idea.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

Brad16800

I'm sure it's somewhere in the T&C's but yea I don't recall telling M$ they could spam ads from the taskbar when I open it. Speaking from a home PC that is, locked it all down at work. Still it's a pain and I wonder if it's anti competitive baking it in to the OS.

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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Re: The Sin of Gluttony

Nice Wyrdness, you win the best comment in thread award.

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait

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Re: Appetite

The earth isn't flat?

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I know right?

I love sarcasm :)

Blizzard president, HR chief exit games giant in wake of sexual harassment uproar

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Pint

Good job to the ones that walked out. If you ignore this sort of behavior it just encourages it.

Australian court rules an AI can be considered an inventor on patent filings

Brad16800

True AI doesn't even exist yet so why would you bother. Only stuff I've seen i'd say is just machine learning. When I see actual AI that can negotiate a license for it's patent, then i'll consider this to be even the slightest of remotely possible ideas. What would they do with the royalties? Buy more RAM?

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month

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Re: Not great pricing, but they'll get the Office people.

I did wonder the same thing. Seems like a product nobody needs as the majority of businesses are running Windows workstations with far better specs. Why run a virtual desktop from a desktop?

Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told

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Re: Data cleansing

I thought the same on that. I mean nobody should be saving things locally anyway. We have to destroy them properly and get a cert that says we did.

Not saying they didn't cook the books but the workstation side of things looks ok.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?

Brad16800

The weirdest one that i recall was "it's all electricity" I'm not terrible with a soldering iron but yea, toaster repair isn't one of my skills.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons

Brad16800

If you want something done right you got to do it yourself.....

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Re: Maybe it's time

I'm all for the ISS but this just got me thinking of the phrase "i've had this hammer 40 years, only had to replace the head once and the handle twice".

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

Brad16800

Re: Forgive me for saying this...NOPE we dont forgive

What gets me with Teams is once you put a message you're locked in to constant update reminders for that thread.

Really need to have an option to drop off it as it just makes me think if I want to add to a conversation as I know i'll be getting updates on it for the rest of the day. Just discourages communication instead of encouraging it.

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

Brad16800

Actually met a competent recruiter (unicorn?) he used to work in IT. No idea why he'd choose that career path but he lined me up with a nice job.

2 interviews, IT manager and CIO.

I've found it's not about the tech skills but about a good fit in personality. Both those 2 we just had a chat and while we did go over work history and skills it wasn't the majority of the conversation.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

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Pint

Re: YAY NASA!

If a news article ever needed a beer icon it's this one. Good job all involved.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

Brad16800

Re: Fighting thermostats

We had a case where they'd subdivided a room with a partition to make the IT room and manager room. IT side had no thermostat or temp monitor. End result was our room was freezing cold, manager perfectly fine.

In this case we didn't even get a dummy one on the wall, Solution, taped some A4 paper over one of the the vents in the ceiling.

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

Brad16800

Not quite as bad as a rat but I accidently left half a pizza (in it's box) in the gap between the top of my drawers and the bottom of my desk a day before I left that job (exactly pizza box height/width space).

Odd my replacement never noticed.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

Brad16800

Worked for a law firm early 2000's and when one of the partners called with an issue (any issue). You were expected to be at their office by the time they put the phone down. At least we had stairs between the floors as the lift could take a while.

Oh and one time in healthcare a Dr threatened to stab one of my collogues for not dropping everything to help him with a minor issue (he was actually holding a scalpel at the time). Was swept under the rug as this Dr brought in big $$$.

3rd one I can think of when IT actually won was back in 1990's was an office manager that brought in his work laptop about once a week riddled with malware/porn pop-ups. He always insisted it was is son using it at home but yea we knew better. We'd fix it up for him but Friday afternoons IT would all play multiplayer games (I was about 18), this was before there were IT managers so office manager was our "boss". If he turned up we'd just keep playing and ask him to wait, he did.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world

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Re: SMD 80 meg

Just got back to AU from the UK and took my PC (disassembled) in my carry on. Got flagged and they wanted to put everything through in it's own tub (HDD, motherboard, etc...).

I think they just wanted to see how it looked on the x-ray machine, not your usual suitcase.

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