* Posts by Notwork

25 publicly visible posts • joined 3 May 2013

Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018


Re: Did Pai kick your Dog or something?

If everyone seems to be shifting to the left then it could be that it's just you shifting to the right. Avoid Fox news and the Daily Mail for a few days and see if the world seems to straighten up a bit.

You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block


Re: What's next?

Twitter #<insert adult interest here>

Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux


Re: Microsoft will truly endorse Linux...

.... when they create a Windows Subsystem for Linux that lets developers run Linux environments -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a virtual machine.

Democrats need just one more senator (and then a miracle) to reverse US net neutrality death


Go stateless

For the vast majority of users (I'm talking about people like my parents and siblings who think of me as both a family member and IT support guy) putting their desktop on AWS, Google or Azure, would solve the problem, you'd be accessing your desktop via an SSL connection to neutral service.

Alternatively use a VPN, the ISP's can't throttle a VPN, they'll loose every one of the growing number of people who work from home.

In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam


Re: Nice one!

There's the irony, it was the "apply security patches" bit of our security policy that resulted in having to break the "don't use personal email for work" bit of our security policy. We were missing critical security alerts from vendors because they got "lost" by O365, it seems to have a real thing against certain Cloud and DevOps tools providers. It's well worth ensuring you have a secondary email address for such things simply to get a handle on the stuff that's not getting through to your work account.


I set myself up a gmail account specifically for work, all my internal company mail goes to O365, all external to gmail.

McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...


Outsourcing.... still?

Ask a company like this why they outsource and they'll say, "we make burgers" then ask what they use IT for. Finance, HR, supplier management, contracts and legal, forecasting, advertising, coordinating deliveries, even the entry system to the office, the list goes on and on.

And who looks after that stuff that forms almost everything you do every day.... the lowest bidder.

Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt


Look on youtube for a video of a Khan Accademy interview with Elon Musk, this is one quote from it:

"Yeah, I figured like I was willing to spend half the money I got from Paypal on this with no expectation of success. because I thought that was just something that was pretty important, and yeah, I'm like, it seems like I can spend half the money I got from paypal on this, and it would be, if that got NASA a bigger budget that resulted in going to Mars, then that would be a pretty good outcome."

I guess the comment from the Boeing CEO is exactly the reason Space X was started, to get the ball rolling and fire up the competition.

Using Outlook? You should probably do some patching


Hey Microsoft, if you could do a patch that would get rid of "Outlook is not responding" that'd be great, thanks.

Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain


Government IT projects, ffs!

An App, you’re only going to use it once so a webpage is fine, is anyone really going to put 20 minutes’ worth of data in via the tiny keyboard of a phone, and do that without a type-o?

Why such a massive budget and so many companies involved, you’re sending in some data, probably json, via a web page, with a couple of image files and then have something like RabbitMQ to manage message passing between DB’s and some services to scan the passport images, then send a couple of progress notifications via email or text message.

Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath



My kids laugh at me when I buy CD's but my music storage device is called shelves and I get them from the large storage provide called Ikea, if Bezos wants to come round and clean them up for me I'm fine with that, he can do the DVD's at the same time.

Microsoft loves Linux so much it wants someone else to build distros for its Windows Store


I think we know where this is going? Looking forward to the MS Linux distro!

SAP Anywhere is gonna be absolutely nowhere: We're 'sunsetting' this service, biz tells punters


Re: "SQL Anywhere - another product that nobody can see the point of."

MariaDB and Postgres are available as enterprise editions with subscriptions and vendor support, an enterprise edition with a support contract is an assurance of quality.

Now there is an abundance of graduates that have been using “free” Postgres (as an example) on a Raspberry pi or an old laptop running Centos since they were in short trousers and are now leaving Uni and joining the workforce having never had access to non-free products like SAP, IT hasn't gone backwards, it's just bloaty vendors like SAP and Oracle struggle to keep up.

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet


I work for a global company that's O365 though and through, a lot of people I work with have setup work specific google accounts and work outside the company managed system. Even Word has become so complicated it's just easier to write a doc in markdown. What O365 does have going for it is history, using Word and Excel is a default skill anyone who is bellow retirement age just has but with things like google docs that's not going to last much longer, my kids use google docs all the time and there is no reason to frighten them with the maize like MS word menu.

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?


I really don't want a voice assistant calling the police every time I watch a ripped episode of GOT.

Hubris, thy name is Oracle: So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right?


Re: Call me a cynic..

It's cheaper to buy a server and keep it for 3 years but all the financial hit is taken in year 1. The cloud is PAYG so your end of year expenditure is less even though you now have to pay it every year. Looks much better in the shareholders financial report, that means higher share price and higher bonuses for the people at the top.

Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork


The office is obsolete

If you can't import the skills you need then just employ them where they're already at.

There are plenty of jobs out there and many for a higher wage than I'm getting but would I swap my big house in the country for a small flat in London, would I swap my 45 minute commute 2 days a week and 3 days WFH for a mind numbing commute through London? No way, you can ship someone in from India to do that thanks!

How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject


Hmmmm, might be time to update the corporate screen saver :-)

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware


Oh no, a Windows is better than Linux war has broken out, can you not just stick to arguing over who supports the best football team?

If Lenovo supplied out the box Linux installs I'd bet my last Rolo they'd have compiled a Linux version of their crapware.

Any big org is going to have it's own licence deal with it's OS vendor and it's own corp image to install on a blank machine without crapware (or it's own crapware).

A Dell Inspiron 15 3000, Linux - £229, Windows £299, that's £70 difference, if it matters that much you can get a Win 10 USB drive and license from Amazon for £80-ish, buy the Linux version and install Windows yourself without the vendor supplied crapware.

Trying to tell a Windows fan to install Linux is as pointless as trying to tell a Linux fan to install Windows.

Three useless UK.gov 'catapults' put in Last Chance Saloon


To fail, first you have to try.

The fact that some of them fail at least shows we’re willing to put some money in and take a risk. This is the problem with the public sector, 2 failures out of seven and someone takes a bullet for wasting public money. In the private sector 5 successes out of 7 R&D projects would represent a fantastic return on an R&D budget.

Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!


Can I get an insurance policy to cover me for down rev patches?

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker


I'm sure there is a group in the US waiting to impeach Fart (English(UK) translation of Trump), they've probably got all they need but I guess when wave after wave of evidence is coming in it's kinda hard to say "OK, lets do him" without thinking "can't we just wait until this next debacle plays out".

Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!


I stumbled across Yahoo a few weeks ago, I thought it have died a death years ago, you'll be telling me AOL is still going next!