* Posts by Dwarf

1486 posts • joined 11 Dec 2014

The sins of OneDrive as Microsoft's cloud storage service turns 15

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15 years of not using it and counting

No need, don't want the access issues, clients working / not working / being removed.

Nor the challenge about storage capacity limits going up and down.

Nor the issue of not being in control of my own data.

Nvidia releases first Jetson AGX Orin module for production deployment

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Re: "enable AI acceleration for [..] edge computing"

It’s just marketing w@nk, of course it makes no sense.

Boffins release tool to decrypt Intel microcode. Have at it, x86 giant says

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Re: Because security -by-obscurity has worked soooooooooooo well in the past.

@John Smith 19

+1 for this, have an upvote

Sage accused of strong-arming customers into subscriptions

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Strong arming doesn't work

When will vendors realise that attempting to strong-arm a customer into their vision (usually aligned to larger profits) will not work.

Customers choose what works for them and if your product no longer meets the need, then they will move on.

Doing this with only two months notice is extra nasty. Even if customers are forced to move to their cloud offering because of the aggressive time limitation, then you can bet that they will look in their own time at what the longer term replacement product without a Sage badge will be.

Back-to-office mandates won't work, says Salesforce's Benioff

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Re: Happy to return to work if....

Pre-Pandemic, most office spaces were so cramped due to the cost per m2 of space in each city and that resulted in the quality of working life being low. This was before they went all funky and did the open ceiling and uncarpeted floor thing, which just vastly increased the amount of background noise.

Then they converted many meeting rooms into collaboration spaces, so you just had lots of conference calls going on and people turning up at desks and perching on desks whilst they talked. This increased the background noise again as everyone tried to compete to be heard. In short, we created a really poor working environment for everyone.

Working in an office with your headphones in to drown out the background noise makes you far less productive than working at home in a nice comfy office or at the kitchen table where you don't have to start each day by removing the junk left on the desk by yesterdays inhabitant that hopes to grab the desk again tomorrow. Nor do you need to do all the hoteling to book a car parking space, meeting room and a desk.

Companies should be paying employees to have their own kit at home, for the better quality broadband service and because their heating will be on for longer during the winter months.

Personally, I find that I'm much more productive at home, since I can focus on the deliverable and not have so many interruptions, I can also meet with people in seconds anywhere in the world via a simple video conf. call on whatever tech stack the company is using.

There's also the environmental aspect of not needing to get transported to some other desk and back each day so for those that actually need to go somewhere for their job, then the roads, trains and underground networks are less busy so everyone gets a better quality of life and the amount of infrastructure projects can be reduced.

Then there is the increase in personal time, no commute means a better quality of life as I can spend some time with the family and have far greater options for when I walk the dog or go to the gym, before, during or after the work day, since I can work more flexibly on time as I'm no longer racing for a train at a specific time each day.

Roll the clock forwards a couple of years and I expect that those that are forcing for the return to the office have either got real problems recruiting or they will have gone bust due to the far higher operating costs compared to their competitors.

512 disk drives later, Floppotron computer hardware orchestra hits v3.0

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Any output would likely be very rough, the sound we are hearing is vibration after all and that's the last thing you would want happening at the hot end of the 3D printer

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

Petrol stations have been saying for ages that there can be no mobile phone use on the forecourt due to the perceived issues around RF and the possibility of sparks, yet at the same time, they allow the installation of hidden mobile phone masks within the forecourts that send the exact same signals, just at a higher power level, but those are apparently OK.

I'd be 900% confident that the risk of dirty great batteries being charged at high current and in close proximity to petrol vapour is a far higher risk. One spark due to a bad connection or something electronic releasing the magic smoke and suddenly there will be a lot more smoke.

Yes, I know that the electronics will be handling charge currents and ramping it down to 0 before a disconnect etc, but what about in fault conditions.

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Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

In the UK, houses will have 60A fuses in older houses / flats and 100A in newer houses.

So in the best case and at 240VAC, that's 240 x 100A = 24kW peak for the whole house. There is no way that anyone will upgrade the whole grid to provide such large currents so there is no way anything like this will end up on domestic households, so its not a solution for the vast majority of potential customers. Notwithstanding the need for a whole bunch of new power stations (nuclear) to cope with the vastly increased loads for cars and domestic heating that is also supposed to be going on the same bits of copper wire in your house.

So, if its not in your house, then where ?

Would I want to go to a fuel station and have the same sort of crazy high power flowing into a couple of cars a lane away from the petrol / diesel pumps - no thanks. What about the heat generated during charging ? Will the car be driveable immediately after charging, or will the batteries need time to cool ?

I'd be interested to see what the lifespan of these batteries will be since we all know that phone batteries, tablets and laptops that use lithium batteries only have a 3-5 year span. So, what will the used car of the future look like with dead batteries that only go 20 miles or suddenly go from 100% to 10% in seconds.

Atos, UK government reach settlement on $1 billion Met Office supercomputer dispute

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Re: Wait, Microsoft does supercomputers?

Hey, Windows clustering was always easy to configure and run wasn't it ?.

and that was only on two nodes or so.

I've never seen any HPC type systems running Windows though.

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Real TCO / impact on GDP

I wonder what the true cost saving has been for cheap outsourcing to China and India for key services that the world relies on, when the timeframe of measurement is from the point it went there, to past the point where the facility is no longer on-line and available to anyone and dependant industries go off-line.

It looks like a more grown up diverse supply chain needs to be in place so that we still have manufacturing facilities, even if some dictator of the day decides to do something silly half way around the planet, since the ripples are always felt across the planet.

We've already seen the following and the list will only get longer over time :

The impact of COVID on silicon manufacturing and loads of related technologies from consumer goods to cars and beyond.

CO2 dry up due to COVID and the impact on being able to process pigs into foodstuffs and then pack those foodstuffs. That also impacted beer.

Food supply / fuel supply because of what's going in in Ukraine.

Baby milk issues in America due to one plant closing down due to contamination.

I hope that governments are already starting to think about resilience, blast radiuses and dependency trees like we would in IT related programmes, but focused around key manufacturing, food, fuel and related supply lines at a global level.

Symbiote Linux malware spotted – and infections are 'very hard to detect'

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I wonder what happens if you change the LD_PRELOAD env variable back to empty or something sane on an infected machine ?

Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain

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Another foot removed ...

Yet they offer cloud services for certificate lifecycle management.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/key-vault/certificates/overview-renew-certificate

It even says that it does automatic certificate renewal - perhaps someone should let them know.

Muppets.

Microsoft brings tabs to File Explorer

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Another productivity disabler

I wonder how cut and paste type operations would work in this ?

Extra wasted time trying to move between tabs rather than just dragging between windows.

Its almost like they have forgotten what windows are for

Not windows the OS, but the boxes on the screen that we interact with.

We aren't in the old 640x480 screens any more, HD screens or far higher resolutions are the norm, so why not make it easy for people

Oh, I remember, its because they have wasted so much whitespace on all windows making it all chunky tile style windows, rather than the old ones that used to give us useful content in a nice logical layout across each pixel on the screen

So, more evidence that they have lost the plot on why we have these machines in the first place. We are not some giant monkey experiment to see how things respond.

HP pilots paper delivery service for Instant Ink subscribers

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Re: Manager Logic ...

The manager won't be worried about the weight of the paper as they will never touch it.

Someone else will take delivery,

someone else will move it to the printer,

someone else will load it into the printer.

Probably followed by someone else collecting the managers printouts on the printer after several days and putting them in the shredder or recycling box.

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near

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Can't be an ad slinger and an ad blocker

They can't have both sides of the cake and it looks like they have chosen ad revenue.

I wonder when advertisers will realise that its all a great con and that most people detest adverts. We have to be force fed them all the time, wasting our time and bandwidth, yet have to pay for the privilege if we actually buy the product because of the cost of advertising. Good products will self advertise as people will tell their friends.

I don't watch TV any more because of the adverts and only use tools on the Internet that mean that I don't see adverts, since we've all got better things to do with our time. I assume that like many others, as soon as Chrome is unable to meet the requirement, then people will go elsewhere and either an existing or new browsers will become popular.

Here's an interesting graphic of browser popularity over time 2022 is not the end, its just the present point in history.

Personal view - Google should be split up so that conflicts of interest like this are no longer present.

American Airlines decides to cruise into Azure's cloud

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Re: Storm clouds

That's why all the cloud vendors in their well architected framework papers always have the a reliability engineering section with statements like "embrace failure"

Nothing is ever 100% resilient on its own, so either scale out to other systems outside the worst case blast radius and accept that there will be times when eventual consistency will happen.

The only thing we rely on is the cloud vendors to eat their own dog food and make sure that their own systems meet the well architected frameworks that the publish too.

You can keep your old ERP system, but you'll still need ServiceNow, CEO tells The Reg

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Why

Why is it called ServiceNow, when you generally have to wait a very long time for things to percolate through the system and you also have to chase up people to do their bit so that things can progress on slowly to their next step.

They should rename it to ServiceSometime as that reflects the actual experience for most of its users.

Nvidia open-sources Linux kernel GPU modules. Repeat, open-source GPU modules

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Hooray !!!

Thank you NVidia - about time too though :-)

Hopefully now I'll waste a lot less time rebuilding Nvidia drivers each time my kernel changes and the damn thing doesn't go into graphical mode any more.

Shame that they didn't open source the older hardware versions, but I expect that a lot of the newer stuff is based on ideas from the older cards. After all the same Windows binaries seems to cover a lot of card versions.

I also hope that there will be some form of consolidation of the different linux drivers, or perhaps they will release the older code in the coming weeks and save everyone a lot of work.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Re: During a recent DR test

@Eric

I've seen an alternative approach, where the CRAC's are just fed off of grid power / generator power. The logic being that the thermal mass of the room is sufficient to cover the point where the mains fails and all hell breaks loose and the generators kick in.

The approach works fine, until the generators don't kick in and its nice and toasty and hard discs start dropping like flies.

SpaceX launches first totally private mission to the International Space Station

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Oh dear

Start down this route and soon it will be all the things listed above, but the science will be removed since its taking up space. .. did you see what I did there :-)

Raspberry Pi OS update beefs up security

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Re: Is root the same as Administrator?

@David12

Yes, you are right. They are both labels to an underlying ID. As you stated on Windows, Administrator has the relative ID (RID) of 500 (0x1F4 as you stated) and this can't be changed. There's also the administrators group (544). Here's the full list of Windows SID's and RID's

There are reserved ranges in Windows, so typically user ID's start at 1000. As you stated security tools take advantage of this information, i.e. to find the real name of the admin account, others just use the well known SID's and RID's.

For extra fun, rename administrator, then create a new account called administrator, with no permissions and set it to be disabled. This will prevent account lockout on the real administrator account and it makes it easy via the logs to see any attempted login by unexpected parties. The new administrator account will have a RID of >1000.

Finally, there are tools that can display the mapping of users to SID's, there are even powershell cmdlets that give this info, so its always possible to see the mapping.

Its the same on Linux, root is user ID (UID) 0 and Group ID (GID)=0. The mappings can be found in /etc/passwd and /etc/group

Linux/Unix also has the same layout of special ID ranges and users start at 1000.

Apologies for the Wikipedia article but I couldn't easily find a list of the linux reserved ranges, other than a systemd article . Both init and systemd have the same sort of approach.

There are similarities on reserved ranges for special purposes (0-99).

The same sort of attacks are possible on Linux for the same reasons.

Given Unix came first and all OS's need to map friendly names to underlying data structures that are generally based around INT's, its easy to see why all OS's (Linux, Windows, etc) share a lot of common approaches in this regard.

Like Windows, you *can* rename root, but the level of OS understanding needs to be higher, since some 3rd party tools and scripts check the text, not the ID. This means that generally only larger organisations or those with increase risk profiles and who understand the impacts actually do it.

Happy birthday Windows 3.1, aka 'the one that Visual Basic kept crashing on'

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@heyrick

Don't forget his other commanding officers. Major Problem and Kernel Panic.

File Explorer fiasco: Window to Microsoft's mixed-up motivations

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Re: It gets worse...

If only they could put as much effort into fixing the broken bits of Windows and adding genuinely useful features

MongoDB to terminate Russian SaaS accounts

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The ultimate <db>.dropDatabase()

Whilst I fully agree with the principle of sanctions with Russia to bring things back under control, there is however a very interesting dimension coming out around risk, I bet nobody has got this on their risk register at the moment.

It will be interesting to see what unintended consequences might come out as people consider the wider implications of cloud.

If you want to connect GPUs direct to SSDs for a speed boost, this could be it

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Whats old is new

So they have reinvented a form of DMA (Direct Memory Access), just with a different endpoint attached to it ?

Wasn't this problem solved in the 1970's ?

Uncle Sam has a datacenter waste problem

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Can prove anything with statistics.

and the Dept of Energy said each facility can use 100 to 200 times as much energy as a commercial building.

So, they are comparing a data centre to an ordinary commercial building such as any office, tyre fitters or machine shop and are surprised that it takes a lot more energy to run a data centre since its rammed full of servers - funny that.

Perhaps if they compared data centres to other data centres then that would be a more meaningful metric, but i assume that their desire was to show lots of zero to justify their analysis and then lead to some other half baked "solution" that saves tons of money, all whilst not understanding the problem.

If I recall correctly, an idle server takes 40% less energy than a server running at flat out, so it doesn't follow either that consolidation results in energy savings.

Turning off redundant workloads or moving old monolithic systems to more modern technologies would however since they could then auto scale depending on demand. That of course will take a lot more money up front to re-engineer things to take advantage of newer technologies before they can think about turning off all the older stuff.

BOFH: Gaming rig for your home office? Yeah right

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Re: Every company!

When faced with this issue at a previous customer when physical machines were the standard desktop, Perfmon was enabled on the offending machine to log interesting topics, then when the customer complained, we asked "when did this happen".

Open the perfmon logs, look at that time and see what the apps were that they were running. This very quickly resolved the problem by showing that there was no problem.

I've also been on the receiving end of this with outsourced VDI's, where the support team didn't understand the difference between monitoring the virtual machine using its internal to the OS monitoring vs the monitoring tools provided by the virtualisation platform. The VM was fine, but the hypervisors were completely flatlined. Took a while to get the call escalated to the right team before we could wade in get the 3rd party to fix their platform.

Millions of APC Smart-UPS devices vulnerable to TLStorm

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Re: Yet another pointless insistence on "cloud"

Consume as in use.

i.e.

consume your data allowance === use your data allowance

consume cloud services === use cloud services

consume a UPS capability === use a UPS capability

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Re: Yet another pointless insistence on "cloud"

@Graham.

Do you think that APC used an architect to design their solution, or did someone in marketing just make a fuss about having the word cloud in their product description and some developer lashed something up to meet the minimum cost and minimum time that would have been defined in the same meeting ?

I agree that end customers should be able to consume a system in a secure and reliable manner.

But it doesn't need cloud in the first place, a simple buzzer and an LED on the front that says "Fault" would do the same, having it send an email or alert to someone is also easy to do, as is providing a local app on the PC / server to see the UPS state and report it to the OS. There are many reference patterns on how to do this without requiring a cloud connection.

On the flip side though, any PoS provider or other such company should have appropriately skilled people to do an install right and once installed, have the appropriate ongoing management of a system through its lift. After all, if the PoS system is down, then so is the company, hence they should want to protect their systems.

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Re: Yet another pointless insistence on "cloud"

I came here to say the same, so have an upvote instead.

There is absolutely no need for core infrastructure to have a connection to the cloud. Anything used for management of any IT component should be on a management network - one in-band (to the OS) and one out of band to the OS. There need to be enough of these management networks so that there is no way to move horizontally across systems and bypass other controls.

Its dead simple to configure with a bunch of VLAN's and a management firewall, then with the support teams connecting via management (jump host) workstations.

Any platforms that just stick everything on the same network is just asking for trouble, be that local LAN segment, or the public Internet.

Microsoft 365, Office 365 price hikes delayed

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Because bean counters always want year on year growth, it doesn't matter to them if they caused the world to end or the universe to explode - so long as the number is bigger this year than it was last year -- pure greed.

Customer service chatbot sector forecast to be worth $7bn this year

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Chatbots are pointless

I've never ever had a good outcome from an interaction with them. Finding ways to ask it "Let me speak to a human" is always the right way to go.

The AliExpress one is the worst I've had to endure so far, its a bit like Alexa - you might as well be talking to a relative with Alzheimer's as it can't remember what you said to it in the previous sentence, let alone the ones before that. So much for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

I just hope that the companies realise that these are a total waste of time and should be turned off.

I bet that the $7bn figure was plucked from the a$$ of some marketing droid with no information to back it up.

Ukraine hit by DDoS attacks, Russia deploys malware

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Conversely, keeping the Internet connected means that the average man and woman in those countries can see what's actually going on outside the fairy tale that is being created. Let people make their own minds up rather than trying to do mind control tricks on their own people.

Disconnects would do nothing for the hacking teams, they would just use another way in and still cause havoc.

There is the same problem for China, the sooner that the great firewall becomes ineffective, the better for everyone.

Beware the techie who takes things literally

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PKZIP

Anyone else remember PKZIP version 2.04g * ?

Or am I just getting old ?

* Why can I still remember the version number ?

'We gave it our best shot' Nvidia CEO tells Wall Street after failed Arm deal

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What would I have done differently ?

Imagine what 1.36Bn would have done to build extra capacity or just make basic products with existing facilities and reduce the dent in the global chip shortage.

Buying a video card - which is supposed to be one of their main product lines is a good example, zero stock virtually anywhere.

But, no manglement decide that its better to try and buy out a competitor ...

Muppets.

Microsoft Teams unable to send and receive calls for some after update

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You would have thought by now, what with all the products being riddled with telemetry, then they would know about all the errors and be able to do something useful with all the AI and ML, heck for fun, lets throw in blockchain (even though its completely irrelevant, like every other time the word is used)

You would also expect that the lack of testing and use of FrAgile might be starting to appear on someone's analytics about the likely causes of the constant failures when things are rushed or insufficient oversight is being used for the less capable programmers.

If they can't get the basics right, then I suggest that they throw away the telemetry and go back to what used to work about 5 years ago, we've tried other things now and its not working out well for customers.

'At least' 6.5 exabytes lost after contamination hits Kioxia/WD 3D NAND fabs

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Re: I've found a way of selling it

I'll drink to that -- cheers and have an upvote !

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Trollface

I've found a way of selling it

Easy, just sell the storage as a new way of implementing /dev/null

IBM looked to reinvigorate its 'dated maternal workforce'

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Joke

Re: 16 going on 64

I'm sure they are just being mean.

RIP Ninjacat: No longer fits in Windows 11 world

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Yet another thing that Microsoft does that I don't give a flying f**k about.

If only they would put as much effort into making their products reliable and do what their customers actually want, then they would get a better reputation.

I wonder how many testers they could hire if they fired the marketing department and re-used the same marketing budget ?

Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries

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BT replacing copper with fibre

Wasn't there great pomp and marketing with BT a while back when they announced that they were going fully fibre and removing copper - presumably to sell the copper rather than have some scumbag do it for them

So, I'll just wait for them to get to me and do the upgrade. My assumption is that my costs will not go up as I've not ordered anything else. Once its all in, I might investigate what the next bump in speed will be as you can probably predict that marketing will cap it to something stupidly low with a large gap and large price to the next best thing which nobody in their right mind would sign up for.

Roll the clock forwards a bit more and prices will drop and they will "upgrade" as the competition are doing the same and it costs them to implement all the non-required tech to limit speeds etc.

Same old, same old with the poor customer at the end saying why didn't they actually use the newer technology to impress customers.

Please prove to me that I'm just old and cynical and therefore wrong, having seen these pointless limitations over previous decades.

NASA's InSight probe emerges from Mars dust storm

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As somebody else posted the other week on a similar topic, why can’t they use the quad copter that they have there to displace some of the dust ?

Microsoft offers 'open' app store to draw regulators away from Activision takeover

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Is this just an attempt to get their store to actually have something that someone might want ?

I'd imagine that would make the store a lot less useful for anyone else that doesn't want a game and wants to do real work.

Azure Site Recovery points now live for 15 days in case undetonated ransomware lurks

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What's the betting that ransomware authors are currently updating their wares to trigger after 16 days ?

To err is human. To really tmux things up requires an engineer

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Re: universal?

We call them invulnerability shield mode.

Seems people think they can do anything if they just hit the invulnerability shield button - no matter how stupid it might be to just be on that blind bend or parked on the pavement etc.

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Re: Immediate feedback

I recall a conversation with a Novell Netware admin at a reasonably large company about why he needed a more secure SNMP setup, rather than just the defaults. Think this was on NetWare 3.12

He didn't buy that there was a problem, so I suggested that I could shut down his server, following a bit debating, we settled on me dismounting one of his new and unused volumes.

5 second later after all the how the heck did you do that and how do we stop it happening, there was a lot more discussion about SNMP and security.

Its amazing what a little demo does to help people understand the real risks.

Have you tried restarting? Reinstalling? Upgrading? Moving house and changing your identity?

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Make it backfire

As heated seats are only necessary in the cold months, then a coordinated effort to turn off the subscription in spring and turn it back on mid autumn may make them reconsider

I’d also consider a wiring change to the heated seats or disabling any network connection in a similar manner

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"

@Pascal Monet

Its not going to be a 7 year lifespan on those batteries ... Ask me how I know. You might get 4-5 if you are lucky

Keep them cool and make sure you can get replacements quickly when they do go. If you are in the UK, then Tayna batteries are worth a look for anything that needs a new lead acid battery next day.

Welsh home improvement biz fined £200,000 over campaign of 675,478 nuisance calls

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Anyone got an popcorn ?

Company folding in 3, 2, 1 ... pooooff, gone.

Make the directors and senior managers personally liable with say 30 years inside if they don't pay up on time.

That serves as a good lesson for anyone else that might think it to be a good idea and it has the additional benefit of getting them off the street and unable to form a new company tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.

Happy birthday, Windows Vista: Troubled teen hits 15

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Re: Vista Stumbled so 7 could Run

I once tried to delete some data that was on a network share from within Vista and it sat there and sulked and updated the times to say "About a millennium remaining" and it indeed sat there and did nothing for a while until I cancelled the operation.

I went to the command line and did the same command there and it took about 5 seconds, so clearly something was badly broken in the OS.

I've always wondered about the eye candy UI overhead on all sorts of Windows things since then as it seems this behaviour still remains in Windows - a lot of "being busy" rather than getting on with the job that I asked it to do. Its not a performance issue, since the command line can achieve the desired outcome on the same hardware.

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