Re: Elderberries and Hamsters - off topic
You were not the last person to find this out, but I might be. Have an upvote, I’m off to the attic to dig out the DVD before I embark upon the Quest for the Holy DVD player.
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@codejunky : I understand where your coming from, but this one is, frankly, cattle excrement :
“Since the earned money being directed towards a cause vs the gov borrowing even more on the heads of its population for whatever it desires spaffing money on.”
Amazon (not Bezos, Amazon), will deduct this from the taxes they hardly pay and thus the government will need to borrow whatever amount that can be deducted by Amazon anyway.
I can see how. Compromise one target in a network, pivot from there. Plenty of networks out there that don’t separate vlans or that don’t use firewalling between those vlans.
It IS disturbing though that so many seem to have the interface exposed to the Internet directly.
To be honest: what I described was the ideal scenario for the BOFH that I am (or aspire to be). Sadly, today it was not to be. But rest assured, I am now in the presence of a glorious blond Ename (which has my seal of approval), while my PFY is toiling away. No doubt plotting against me.
He will be joining me shortly, to get in the next round.
“although I've not yet tested registering my big toe”
Damn you. I was looking forward to a quiet night in, but now I’ll get funny looks from the missus whilse trying to get my toe print registered on my phone.
“I think Apple is running out of road...”
Are they really ? They sold a lot of the original X, which didn’t come cheap either. As long as people buy them, I expect we’ll see more of the same. Maybe the next iteration will be “only 1999 !”.
I’m on an iPhone now, and I expect the next one will be one of similar. Never the newest shiny though, I expect it will be 2022 before I get an XS. Maybe I’ll fork over 450 for an iPhone 8 next year (but only if the 6S is no longer supported). I have considered a Droid (many times), but I can’t be bothered to faff about with setting one up and migrating the stuff I have. So I’ll just continue paying the Apple tax. At the very least I’m reasonably sure to get updates for a while, and don’t have to make sure that each app and all the data it contains are backed up.
My ideal scenario is that the best selling device Apple has in the next 6 months is the iPhone 7 or 8 (both in volume and in profit), so that they get the hint and go back to reasonable pricing.
“FFS at least don't render links where the URL is different to the displayed text”
Doing that would be applauded by almost all, but not all unfortunately.
“As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.” The voices in this quote would belong to marketeers worldwide, no doubt.
“Why is everyone so against tracking?!”
Everyone ? Most people I know don’t give a sh*t. Me ? I hate it. If you have to ask why, try reading 1984. I assume that you haven’t yet.
The correct question is : why are you *not* against being profiled all the time by unknown parties that know everything about you, including location in some cases, and that may or may not have adequate IT security protecting all that data ?
This caught my eye : “I am replacing CS 5.5 on most machines. The replacements are not from Adobe.”
Could you elaborate on that ? Since they started forcing subscriptions I have been looking for good alternatives, mainly for Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Decent file compatibility is a must, and I need both mac and windows clients to run it. Sadly I have not found what I’m looking for. Gimp is not the answer, and Corel... well, the less said about them the better.
I’ve got about 70-ish CC users (only 15 of which use more than PS/AI/Acrobat), so it’s not that there is no budget for this. I fear that there’s just no competition for our use case. So, if you’re replacing CS 5.5 : please share !
Truth, Justice, Freedom ? Considering the world we live in, I would happily settle for the hard-boiled egg. Though the reasonable-priced love sounds very appealing, I don’t want to get my hopes up. The missus has been considering some kind of veranda for a while now, which will make my love very expensive indeed.
*We* have enough. But on the last count I have 5 in active use (including standard sms), and 3 of those are only there because some dictator somewhere decided that the default ones are to be blocked. So I’ve got messaging apps with contacts based on country. Whatsapp for regular folks and family, wechat for the Chinese, Signal and Telegram for our Eastern European brethren that may or not have a working VPN, and SMS for all of those that don’t mind the artificially high cost (try texting a lot from anywhere in the Middle East and than check your post-paid phone bill).
@Max : my observations also clash with the “facts” unfortunately. Who do I talk to to get my facts straight ? And the SE used by the missus up to speed ? My observation was that after updating to 11.x on her device it ran slower and the battery life got worse.
Make no mistake, I am deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, but if they don’t start making batteries replaceable I’ll switch when this iPhone 7 dies. Not that Apple will care, if they keep selling 1000 euro phones faster than they can make ‘em... Alternatively I would settle for 2 update branches, one for basic security updates and one for new “features” that I have no need for.
Apple does it, Samsung does it, and a lot of other “premium” smartphones. But I do think Apple was the first, and the rest followed. See also : headphone jack, laptops.
A few millimeters thicker and they can make it user replaceable... weight wouldn’t change much. but then the smartphone market would probably collapse.
Usually on my iPhone it's pretty simple : if an app wants my location and I consider it interesting *for me*, I allow it while using. If the options are always or never, it's never.
That makes me wonder though : if an app supports this at first but then weasels out, what's the default for iOS ? Will it revert to always, never, or just pop up the question again ? Does anyone know ?
"I reckon I could make that bullet proof in a month".
Then why post as AC ? Those claims could make you a nice income, if you can live up to them... Unfortunately, even in small(ish) businesses, it takes many moons to even convince them that 2FA is a Good Thing. And even then, it will break "legacy" things.
"Attempts to reach the administrator via phone and email were unsuccessful"
The guy just had over 17000 chromebooks say they don't want to play. I assume interviews by various journo's is quite low on his list of priorities.
I would lay the blame with Symantic in this case, OTOH it's something to consider when considering Chromebooks... I haven't used one, but is it possible to run another browser ?
Thanks for that post, have an upvote and a pint. I haven't experienced it (yet), but when it occurs I will definitely remember it. I see plenty of folk with those cases, so far none of them use NFC but once they do I won't have to think long.
It's called a humorously shaped vegetable (which is a broader category). I assume the vegetable referenced in the article originated on Sir Terry's allotment on Cori Celesti. He probably threw it down just to see if someone noticed...
I would recommend a humorously shaped vegetable section in the bootnotes on El Reg. It might be biting the hand of IT, but sometimes I wonder if the Ankh-Morpork Times tagline wouldn't be appropriate as well... Especially in IT security related articles.
@AndyS : sacking her for being a "dingbat" ? I have met many people that are great at what they do but go in idiot mode if any buttons are involved.
And apart from that, she thanked him for his efforts. Being on the call, I might have cursed, but after a polite "thanks for helping me out" all that remains is a story for the colleagues. No grudge to be held (unless it happens frequently). I've had far worse calls than that when I was in the trencges.
Was that in reference to the anal gazing remark ?
If so : well played. If not : who cares, it's Friday, have a pint.
A tip maybe : if you expect to get an invite to such draining meetings, make sure your calendar is fully booked for 3 weeks and that the only free slots are on a Friday afternoon. It's frankly amazing how much faster those meetings go. The obvious exception : committees/workgroups with external consultants that are paid by the hour. Even then, it must be taken into consideration how much they are paid by the hour. If it's enough to cover a hefty bar bill, and they are not too obnoxious, it might turn into a win/win.
Believe me, I have spent the time. Or "done the time" it, so to speak. And twats they may be from time to time, but in my experience every odious twat is a lot more likeable after a few drinks (in them, or in you, or preferably both). The trick is to find a few like-minded individuals in the committee, and form a sub-committee. You know, for "efficiency".
I do agree that it's hard to organise, specifically when "organise" means not only to have your employer pay for your time (easy, you're in a meeting), but also for your "expenses". Unfortunately the days of hand written expense notes are long gone. Unintelligible hand written notes in soft crayon are no longer an option, and some "meeting venues" even offer detailed information on the receipt. A publican with a good nose for business (and possibly a small commission) can be a good friend in these cases.
An even better friend is always the one person from accounting that likes the occasional pint, and is on the same committee.
This is of course all hypothetical, since I would never partake in such endeavours, being a loyal employee. Perish the thought.
"Especially a committee like this one which a scope so open-ended it could see you through to retirement."
Spelling errors aside, why is this a bad thing for a true BOFH ?
- could see you through to retirement
- has the option to "research" "future technologies", preferably in an exotic part of the world, to make sure everything is "future-proof"
- includes many meetings, with the bonus of extra playtime on <insert random mobe game of choice> while frowning and mumbling highly technical terms
- said meetings might be held off-site, in a pub-like venue
Honestly, I don't see the downside. Unless the infrastructure runs on 2 Raspberry Pi's and a usb disk instead of the blades and SANS that are on the books but have been replaced by a few rows of LED strips in the data center.
Routers and DNS servers ? The "and so on" might include web servers. Often poorly secured, or vulnerable in other ways (sql injection is still a thing unfortunately) and ideal to start a DDOS attack from. Because usually in a DC, and with a big upstream pipe...
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