* Posts by J. Cook

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Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Re: Forcing us to the Cloud 'Solution' and Subscription Hell?

*gloats at being able to restore files off an LTO1 tape once a drive and machine and software were found for it.*

If it's important, back it up to multiple places, on different types of media.

(bring on the downvotes- You know I'm right about tapes!)

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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Re: 640K

I'm assuming that's the sound it makes when it melts the case it's put in? :)

*wanders off to source a fan and duct for his PiCade*

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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I knew it was a crock at the phrase "proprietary holographic nano-layer catalyst technology".

Technobabble belongs in Star Trek, dammit.

26 million logins believed to be stolen from LiveJournal in 2017 pop up on hacker forum

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FWIW, Dreamwidth is a much better place to host a journal that's Not FailBook. The only thing in common between the two was the source code, which DW has since (heavily) improved upon in the last 11 years or so.

Bias: I'm a seed account holder, and I've met Denise in person. (She's cool.)

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

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Re: 50% are dumber than you

"Think about this: think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that." - G. Carlin (RIP)

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out

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Re: It's UNIX

uh... no.

MacOS only vaguely resembles the FreeBSD kernel that it was based on those many, many years ago.

Unless you mean "wipe the storage and install an Open source OS" on it, in which case I wish you the best of luck.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: The Wheel of History

I've used Notes (casually, and largely as a tech doing installs and troubleshooting). I've used Groupwise back during the Netware 4.x / 5.0 days. I've used Outlook in all it's forms; We'll leave Outlook Express (later renamed to simple "Mail" for win10) out of this discussion.

They all that their good points, and at some level, they all suck various amounts of goat urine.

While I've never used the back-end of Notes and Groupwise, I imagine they are on the same level as Exchange.

I've yet to work with any application that does what those products do nearly as well and with that level of integration.

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Re: Excel excels

*nods sadly*

At [RedactedCo], we have some spreadsheets that our finance department uses that pulls in data from multiple sources, folds spindles, and mutilates it into a format that the analytical accountants can read through. Back in the early windows XP/7 days, we had to fit several of the computers that used these spreadsheets with more memory, because excel took all of it.

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Well there's the problem

Easy-peasy, if you know where the database instance holding the tickets resides, and something common to all the spammed tickets. A single T-SQL line will take them all out.

TSMC to build new 5nm chip factory in Arizona with US government backing

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Part of the problem with the Foxconn deal in wisconsin was that the state gave them some monsterous tax offsets, and behaved pretty poorly in other ways. (like claiming eminent domain on some of the properties in the way of where the factory was going to be built, which included houses- that's not what that's for) And Foxconn kept changing it's position and scope of what they were going to build after they got those incentives...

I'm hoping my state didn't do the same thing.

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: WTF ?!!

Might be a tear gas launcher, too, but that sounds a lot more plausible.

Our police use the (infamous) Taser guns in our chunk of the world.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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And now I have the opening theme to the Rocky Horror Picture Show running in my head.

But then, it's friday, it's payday, so I guess I'll make a jump to the left... then a step to the right.

DEF CON is canceled... No, for real. The in-person event is canceled. We're not joking. It's canceled. We mean it

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Re: But why the bother??

It's not vegas, it's pretty much *any* convention where people from different area of the world are flying into.

It's commonly known as 'Con Crud"

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

Or slap em on the bezel/vanity cover. Even if it's removable. 'cause unless you are making major changes, who pulls half the bezels off a room full of servers on a lark?

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

If the DHCP server (windows, 'nix, etc.) doesn't support HA, you split the damn scope, like the best practices state. It's not that hard.

FWIW, Server 2012 R2's DHCP server does support HA, although it takes a bit of effort to set it up.

And also. LABEL THY PRODUCTION SERVERS. Even if it means you print a label out of paper and cellotape it to the front of the server.

Prepare to have your shonky password hygiene shamed by Firefox 76

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Re: Mozilla FF... dead in the water AFAIC

Don't forget the 'whoopsie- we let the SIGNING CERTIFICATE FOR OUR PLUGIN SYSTEM EXPIRE AND BROKE *EVERYONE'S* PLUGINS' incident which was the final nail in the coffin for me, so to speak.

Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot

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Re: Protection where its required

Some ISPs *still* do this as well.

'Oh, you wanted to go to [site] that's temporarily offline for whatever reason? I'll redirect you to yahoo!'s search page, even though you've wanted nothing to do with them for the last decade!'

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Re: Only rogue users

DING DING DING DING!!!!

Internet filters are pointless without a defined policy (set by the company's management, disseminated by HR as part of the on-boarding process) and enforced by the IT group managing the internet filter.

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Re: Only rogue users

[RedactedCo] uses it for two things: security (drive-by malware and phishing mostly, but overall security) and 'productivity enhancement' (i.e., keeping people from looking at social media sites (aka facebook, instagram, snapchat), pulling down content of no business value (i.e. porn, torrents, pirated software, etc.) or other things that the business deems necessary.

Obvious bias: I'm the owner of [RedactedCo]'s content security applications, which is ironic because I despite censorship in all it's forms; I can see why the business needs an internet filter, though.

Are you fixing that switch? Or setting it up as a Minecraft server?

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Re: Good idea

... unless the infrastructure manager is the one who put it there to begin with... *snicker*

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: HP Printers are a Virus

It gets worse; that crap is also part of the windows 10 enterprise edition, which pretty much requires the company paying a pallet of money to microsoft every year.

We don't need the Xbox live services on our company's laptops. But we can't remove them because they are somehow baked deep into the OS, and are therefore non-removable. About hte best we can do is disable the services entirely.

Thankfully, we were able to use a Group Policy to shut off a lot of the other annoyances with windows 10.

Adobe’s Flash fade may force vCenter upgrades unless you run dodgy browsers

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Your problem....

.... is trusting Citrix to not break functionality within the netscaler between x.y.z releases; We went from 10.x to 10.8 or something a number of years ago, and it utterly trashed the remote access functionality bad enough that we had to rebuild it from scratch.

And for whatever reason, the virtual appliance won't let you do simple things like expand the /var partition to hold more logs, so one has to go through and manually clean out the logs folder on the regular in order to get access to the GUI again...

We went back to F5s and have'nt looked back, except to remember how shitty the netscalers were for anything outside of simple layer 3 load balancing.

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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GotoMeeting's in the same boat; the 'helper' app is essentially their meeting launcher that's built on the fly to connect to that specific meeting number.

Webex, while it also has a helper app, is a 'one and done' type of install- install it once, and you are good to go for all webex meetings.

Cloudflare outage caused by techie pulling out the wrong cables

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Re: Imprecise?

Ouch. that sounds expensive.

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Re: Say what?

We've got one of those too. And it's not me, although I've filled in at least once...

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Re: Data Centre Management

Or worse, YOU will be required to maintain it...

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Re: These comments are enlightening

THIS:

When [RedactedCo] originally built it's main data center, each cabinet that held a core switch also had a set of fiber and copper interconnects between it and the various server cabinets. For some reason, one of the fiber interconnect sets was 'value-engineered' out, so as a result, we ended up with a moderate quantity of extra long fiber patches going from the single LIU under the floor to the other cabinet with the core switch.

Attempts at fixing it over the years has been shot down every time during budgeting, because the business doesn't want to drop roughly 20 thousand usd on fixing it right and for good.

Then there was the incident with the backhoe that severed the one of the backbone fiber bundles for one of the buildings, because putting in direct burial rated fiber was also one of the things that was value engineered out. That did get fixed properly, and at twice the cost of what doing it right originally was...

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Re: Cables with labels on

Or even sooner, depending on the environment they are in. the "M-Tape" labels are even worse as far as their ability to stay stuck to things. The ones I applied fell off within six months of application. :(

I'm not certain what model we have at [RedactedCo]; They've held up well enough for us for the labeling we've done, although when we swapped core switches last year we used plain old beige masking tape and red sharpie to label stuff prior to moving things around. I do know that it's a specialized one specifically designed to creating cable labels.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: Some one has to say it

... that reminds me, I need to eat something.

*wanders off*

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

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No, it means that people are devoting more effort to finding and exploiting bugs.

Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

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Re: I will avoid Windows 10 for as long as I can

Yes, but the 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 OS doesn't require constant contact with microsoft, a raft of telemetry problems that can't be turned off, and oh yeah, random updates that break stuff, random apps that just decide to roll over and die* with MS's tier 3 team's response being "oh, you'll need to do a full bare metal rebuild and hope it doesn't happen again", oh yeah, and forced updates/upgrades regardless if you like it or not.

I'll take the funky UI of 2012R2 / windows 8.1 over that any day, every day. the OS core is solid, reliable, and understood well enough that I can get around the stupid UI issues incurred by trying to overlay a mobile interface on a desktop machine.

What apps I do use are all 'classic/legacy' apps- none of that Metro crap.

* Seriously- the CALCULATOR app is a 'Modern' app, and in multiple cases at [RedactedCo], would randomly break for our users, with nothing short of a full bare metal re-image correcting it, which was Tier 3's response after a lot of troubleshooting with MS support... You know it's bad when the god level support tier can't figure out why one of their own apps (which should be a stupidly simple thing) decides to crap it's pants at random.

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Re: I will avoid Windows 10 for as long as I can

Hell, I'm actively pondering a copy of 8.1 or Server 2012 R2 for my workstation when the install of 7 on it finally rolls over. (unless someone's figure out how to port full graphics capabilities through to a VM running on kvm or virtualbox or something.)

OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so

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Re: The real mystery is how Paula discovered the clock work around ...

... and a number of them would break when the termination error got fixed by someone trying to be helpful. :)

Based on what was described in the article, I'm going to suppose it was a very, very specific timing issue with the various I/O buses and the SCSI card.

SCSI was and still is considered voodoo if you are putting gear from different vendors on the same bus. Thankfully, we are largely past that in this modern day and age.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: I suck at FPS...

... which is why I don't do multi-player, unless it's co-op or player vs environment (PvE) rather than player vs player (PvP). getting killed within 5 seconds of starting by someone who's playing in adult diapers and an IV feed of caffiene who's doing it for the lulz because they are waiting for their ultra-super-mega hardcore raid to start makes me want to box the game back up and demand a refund.

Microsoft prevents Domain of Danger from falling into miscreants' paws by forking out cash for corp.com

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I can understand it. a lot of AD instances didn't need or have internet access at the time, and using .local was an accepted practice. (yes, I am talking about win2K to server 2003R2/2008)

We recently did a windows 10 migration and implemented Skype for business on-prem; the contractor we hired to assist with both was gobsmacked that we were still using .local for our upns. (granted, it's a simple change to make, but there's some planning and forethought that has to happen before doing a bulk change like that.)

Besides, how many users are still logging in with DOMAIN\username or just username? More than you might think.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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Re: Boss's hairy throat

I have a bog-standard 'post-it' note covering the lens of the webcam that I use for conference calls- I'd leave it unplugged entirely except that it has an excellent mic on it. Besides, they'd just see my cat's brown eye half the time, the furry bastard.

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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Re: Odd install and incomplete uninstall

... that's utter shite designed to get around corporate IT environments not letting their users have local admin, and it makes corporate IT admins both cranky and sad at the same time, because guess who gets called when the app decides to misbehave?

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Re: To be honest you can't blame people for going to Zoom

... and prior to Lync, it was OCS (Office Communicator Suite)2007/2010...

Skype for Business is based on the same source code and has the same complex architecture.

Part of me wishes that we had paid the Cisco tax and gone to Jabber - it certainly integrates better with Call Manager and (rumor has it) slightly easier to set up and maintain...

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: Millisecond roll-over?

Makes you wonder about the monkeys they have coding this stuff.

The kind that work for the lowest bidder, obviously.

VMware plans to give vSphere power to automatically patch everything running in a VM

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THIS TIMES INFINITY.

I mean, HA and DRS ain't worth a lick if the guest OS craps itself because the cluster manager wants it on a different host.

(They also react very very poorly to their storage dropping out from underneath it, too- Ask me how I know.)

*wanders off grumbling and muttering curses at ISE*

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Well played, good sirs.

Adobe PhoneGap falls between the cracks thanks to new Apple requirements, developers fume

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Mushroom

Yep.

Remember, these are the same chuckleheads that thought putting a full-featured scripting engine into a document viewer intended for rendering postscript on a computer instead of a printer with zero thought or planning about the security implications surrounding it was a good idea...

(No, I'm not letting that one go. Ever.)

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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Re: Advice

... Not ony my server, you won't. At least not more than once.

It's 2020 and hackers are still hijacking Windows PCs by exploiting font parser security holes. No patch, either

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Re: Don't worry

I've noticed an uptick in spamvertised mask sales, so you are not too far off there.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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... at least they didn't induce a resonance cascade failure and open a portal to another dimension...

Mines the Mk. IV HEV suit

Resellers facing 'months' of delays for orders to be fulfilled. IT gathers dust on docks as coronavirus-stricken China goes back to work

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And they won't learn from this one, either, I can practically guarantee it.

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Re: Just an FYI

You get an upvote for the Beavis and Butthead reference.

I have no idea why people are going nutso on toilet paper either- Kleenex, I can understand. Hand sanitizer, I can understand. but TP?

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

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Boffin

At least M$ decided to not change the settings for LDAP Channel binding and LDAP signing, which would have definitely been a 'hair on fire' emergency on the scale (or worse) of the infamous CredSSP Encryption oracle fix.

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/ADV190023

Apparently, enough large companies complained loudly enough to their TAMS and other high ups within Microsoft, so while it's still good security practice, they decided to not break stuff with this patch update. Either that, or someone in the update chain is learning that Breaking Stuff In the Name of Security is not necessarily a good thing.

Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Yeah, about that...

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Re: Just one question

... I read one story (don't know if it's true or not) of some guy answering the door for a couple of holy solicitors glad only in underwear, a rather large python, with both of them covered with oil.

While I'm not going to try anything like that stunt, (or answering the door naked for that matter) I'll cheerfully mess with people's heads if they are being aggressive with their proselytizing.

Now where did I put that ceremonial kris and the goat skull....

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