Re: Hospital Slang
There have been whole books on it.
Ones that stick in the mind are PAFO (pissed and fell over) and NFN (normal for Norfolk).
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The Cloud is just like any other business procurement. The purchasing manager has a budget. Once that's spent there is no more unless said manager goes crawling to the grown-ups asking for more pocket money. Managers should keep within their budgets.
I understand that some Cloud providers require a credit card or other grab-my-cash authority but they also provide tools that allow you to monitor spending very carefully. The culprit here is poor monitoring of Cloud resource consumption. I'd happily bet that most Cloud overspends aren't down to poor estimation of workloads but are due to resources that were spun up for a test or migration and never shut down, or multiple versions of test/backup data that is no longer required.
It's much, much easier with the Cloud to make such mistakes but they are due to carelessness. A glance at my personal Dogital Ocean account would prove that. But it's still down, largely, to poor management of the resources, not the technology nor the billing and business models of the providers.
When I worked for Unisys managers were instructed to rate their employees' annual appraisals in such a way that the rakings formed a bell curve. So some people had to be at the bottom, and vulnerable, and very few were at the top, so eligible for a pay rise.
Their ability to immediately fire people was limited by UK emplyment law and also, I think, by an awareness of many managers, perhaps the older ones, that the process sucks.
I learned when working in schools that if a headteacher tells you they can't log on you need to turn off the caps lock. Time to fix: about a second.
Well, a bit longer as you then need to reassure that that we all do it from time to time, of course you're not stupid and so on.
IT Managers are no different from any other type of person. Most are doing a reasonable job, some are stars and a few are idiots.
I worked for one in the last category for a while. As a very junior technician (despite being in my 50s; I was contemplating a second career) I was asked to set up a network share for a user. I promptly did so.
"You did that WRONG", said matey. "You mapped it as N: It should be D: If you don't believe me go check the server".
Yes, he was American, and didn't even know how Windows shares worked. Turns out he'd blagged a Network Director title on the strength of a bit of Unix admin on Wall Street in the 70s. And this was well into the 21st Century.
Any PC needing a rebuild had it done entirely manually. Insert Windows XP CD, install, apply SPs, install Office and so on. A few programs were then installed, but the majority ran from a network share.
He didn't know about virtualisation, so by the time I left we had 11 decent servers to run a fairly small school. In fact he didn't understand how any contemporary servers worked at all, and neither did anyone else on site apart from me, and my experience was mostly of RM CC3. An external contractor did anything major and some Micky Mouse set of bought-in scripts did simple things like provision a new user.
When I left, a year later, I'd set up WSUS so that updates were installed automatically, installed FOG to image workstations and virtualised a few servers as a proof of concept.
All that I'd done was promptly removed after I left. Seemingly unrelated problems had been encountered that hadn't happened before my changes, so must, therefore, be due to them.
Actually he wasn't a bad guy, but had clearly bitten off much more than he could chew and was petrified someone would find out.
Some years ago I remember a Post Office counter being installed in the office that I worked in. It was a dummy - we were bidding for the Post Office Counters business at the time, and we must have spent millions on the bid.
We lost. Just as well, perhaps. But then our solution may have actually been able to count.
I'm getting a strong sense of deja vu here, such discussions were common just after the last London area number changes.
Here is a brief history of London number changes. This is from memory, so details may be out.
When I was very young London phone numbers were of the form Exchange Name xxxx. For instance Bowes Park 9283, or Whitehall 1212. Within the exchange you could just dial the last four digits (I think).
The along came Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD - no, not that sort). London now had all-figure numbering so the old exchange names were replaced with three letter codes. These were often, but not always, the numbers on the dial corresponding to the first three letters of the old exchange name. So ABBey becamse 222 and ENField became 363, but Bowes Park did not fit the pattern and became 888. London now acquired an STD code, 01, that was needed to call it from anywhere outside.
You now needed to dial all seven local digits (but not the 01) to make an call wholly within the 01 area.
The number of lines grew and a temporary solution was needed to avoid running out of numbers, so the London area was split into inner Londion (071) and outer London (081). Within each of these you still only needed to dial the last seven digits, so to call 081 363 3629 from 081 888 9223 you'd omit the 081 (and it was commonly believed that not to do so would cost more). But calling from, say outer London to inner London you had to use all 11 digits: to call London Transport from, say, Croydon you needed to dial 0171 222 1234.
Along came PhoneDay. 071 became 0171, 081 became 0181 but nothing else changed so far as London was concerned.
Later still there was another rejig. London was reunified into a new area code, 020. Those who had been in 0171 had a 7 prefixed onto their numbers, and those with 0181 had an 8. But that 7 and 8 formed part of the locally-significant number. The area code was, and remains, 020.
It was made clear (to those who listened) at the time that BT no longer considered there to be a geographical distinction between 020 7 and 020 8, the distinction was purely historic, and they would introduce new London numbers that did not start with 7 or 8 (e.g. 3).
Once again you could call any London number using just the local part, i.e. the final 8 digits, usually beginning with 7 or 8. But the message never really got home. The split had got people used to dialling the full national number, and the rise of mobiles, which always require the full number, means that local dialling is almost extinct.
Historically when writing London numbers down the first space was always after the area (STD) code, so numbers went from 01 222 1234 to 071 222 1234 to 0171 222 1234 until we reach 020 7222 1234.
The second space was after the old local 'exchange' part, which has become obsolete but the gap aids readability and memorability.
It's only in the last few years that the insidious 0207 etc. has reared its ill-informed head.
Then, technically, every London phone number you've seen has been wrong. Try picking up a landline phone in London and dialling the local part of the number: i.e. after the first space. You'll soon find that dialling the bit after 020 works, if you also drop the 3/7/8 it doesn't work.
But who cares? How many calls are dialled as a local number these days?
Burroughs had a 4GL called LINC. The earlier versions were text-based, with screen locations having to be described by row and column. So a colleague decided to speed things up by writing a screen-painting program that automatically created the magic words to generate the right screen layout.
He sold this to several customers, with the company's blessing. Nobody commented on the name: Direct Input of Linc Definition Online, even though the initials were splashed three inches high at startup.
"Not going to argue about the other two though."
I assume you know nothing about a Parish Council, then?
In our village we run the recreation ground, provide a few streetlights where the County won't, provide allotments and that's about it. We have very lttle power, but we do get to comment on things like planning applications, despite routinely being ignored by the planning authority.
The article is about the actions of self-appointed guardians. You've set up a body designed to be just that, yet criticise those who just try to help their community run slightly better?
My money's still on scam, but it's far from impossible that a CEO with an inflated sense of his importance and a disbelief in his own mortality simply wouldn't share, and no-one was able to talk sense into him.
You know when an uppity staff member is told that nobody's indispensable? Maybe that's not always true.
I've got several LAMP VMs on an external SSD that I do web development on in Hyper-V. No special distros or integration needed. I use FTP to get stuff in and out and the Linux console where necessary. A much cleaner solution than running the servers directly on your Windows box.
Hyper-V makes it very easy to open several simultaneous consoles and, with snapshots, you can work on several parallel projects on the same VM.
I find Hyper-V works well, but there's always Dropbox if you prefer.
My Surface upgraded just fine. My wife's crappy old ACER failed. It's failed to get any major updates for months due to crappy old Acer display drivers.
So I thought I'd try one more time before converting the Acer to a boat anchor. I removed AVG Business Security and told the update to go ahead. All went in just fine. Odd that removing the AV worked for her, but was never a problem in the first place for me.
I don't understand the problem. If a person's data is deleted then subsequent backups will not contain it. If it's ever necessary to restore from a backup taken prior to the deletion then later transactions, including the deletion, will be reapplied. Yes. it's theoretically possible to restore the backup and then do something nefarious, but if you're that sort of organisation you won't care about complying with GDPR in the first place.
This is all being overthought, even though the Information Commisioner has repeatedly made it clear that enforcement will be appropriate to the organisation and circumstances and that those making an honest effort have nothing to fear.
Maybe - just a thought - there are those trying to stir up GDPR FUD for financial gain. Oh, surely not?
My brother-in-law bought one. Nobody can work out why. His excuse was something to do with Manchester United.
Sometimes marketing people just can't disabuse theselves of the notion that just because you have the technology to do something, people will inevitably pay lots of money to buy it. Look at IoT.
Until recently I worked for a North London secondary that has twice sent all-girls teams to the world championships. They got plenty of publicity, including a couple of visits to Woman's hour. Participating in this helps with so many skills other than the purely technical, and it's great to see girls getting involved.
"They are IP capable too, although this particular sign has it disabled. Once saw similar signs on the Vale of Glamorgan line in South Wales all proudly displaying their 10.0.0.0/16 addresses. No idea how they do backhaul though (GSM?)."
Looks like it. Many displays in the NE of England were complaining about a lack of GPRS a couple of Saturdays ago.
The list of impacts can be phrased fairly succinctly:
Every agreement we have in place with the EU, and every agreement the EU has with anyone else that we're a party to as a consequence of our EU membership, will need to be rejigged.
Several years and several billions of pounds later we may manage to get back to where we started.
Pascal Monett said "Because you think it's some obscure version of the Amiga OS ?
Come on, we all know what platform it gets in on.
And if you really have a doubt, the article specifically mentions Active Directory. I don't think they have that on Linux servers."
The article says it targets JBoss application servers using stolen credentials. The mention of Active Directory was in the context of there also being reports of attackers running csvde, which is a simple command-line tool on Windows that exports the AD. You already need to have got in to use csvde, and it won't tell you any passwords.
I once worked for a manager who was misguided enough to hold the weekly progress meeting at 2.30 on a Friday. I think it was an attempt to get us back from the pub at a sensible hour. Unfortunately the route from pub to office passed Uxbridge Station. There was a Metropolitan Line train that always seemed to pull out of the station at 2.30 on the dot. With me sitting in the first car.
I think I know where you went wrong. COBOL on any system is a pain. And if you were using Cande on its own without Editor then you're very old, a glutton for punishment - or you worked for a very tight-fisted shop.
Remotespo's a red herring as it provides a remote console environment.
I'd very happily go back to writing the excellent Burroughs Algol on a Clearpath using Editor right now.
There was an article saying essentially the same thing in a popular science magazine several years ago. The tone of the article was of 'who'd have thought it'. I don't find it at all surprising that when humans pull out of area other species thrive, even in an environment that was been damaged. But the study tells us only about populations. We have no idea how many animals died, and continue to die. This stuff can't really be tested on real people so we're wise to be very wary of large doses of radiation, aren't we?
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