* Posts by Numen

34 posts • joined 24 Feb 2015

Microsoft extends 'outage mode' for Azure Active Directory to bake more resilience into cloudy services

Numen
Unhappy

3 days?

"There is also a limitation in that authentications are only processed by the backup service if the user has already accessed an "app or resource" within the last three days"

So no more long weekends or longer holidays, like Thanksgiving?

Talent shortage? Maybe it's your automated hiring system, lack of investment in training

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Unhappy

And that degree ...

I've got 47 years of good, widely varied experience, but I'm not qualified for anything because I don't have the proper degree. I've known a lot of good people with physics, math, and music degrees, so they get passed up too. (Mine's in philosophy.) And, of course, I'm too old to actually know anything. Very disappointing.

Astronomers detect burps of interstellar cannibal from 480 million light years away

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Headmaster

And eventually ...

The two compact objects will spiral into each other, most likely creating a black hole, if there wasn't one there before, or making the existing one larger. This will generate gravity waves that LIGO and Virgo will detect if the two compacts are large enough.

There's more to come!

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

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Re: Tech tip

Great idea! I use paper muffin baking cups for this. Holds all different size parts, and very easy to label. You can even use their different colors to color-code if you're obsessive enough!

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

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Re: "the square root of strategy"

It actually is. Do the math.

IT manager who swindled Essex hospital trust out of £800k gets 5 years in prison

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More checking?

You'd think it wouldn't be that hard to automate a check to see if you're being billed from a non-working company. At least once a year, and for a new supplier?

Quantum computing: Confusion can mask a good story, but don't take anyone's word for it

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Headmaster

Say you're trying to reduce data into a 1024 x 1280 picture. Using two variables, Monte Carlo will generate a pixel for each variable pair, chosen at random. Eventually you'd have enough of the image to tentatively identify the picture. QC would just produce the picture.

Now assume you've got 50,000 variables. That takes a lot of computing to get any kind of (multi-dimensional) picture. Certainly would make QC popular, if it could ever manage that many variables.

Maybe QC In Spaaaace to keep it cool!

Again:

Great article, Rupert Goodwins. Hit all the right spots, spot on. Bravo! Encore ! More, More, More! :-)

Microsoft issues emergency fix for Wi-Fi foul-up delivered hot and fresh on Patch Tuesday

Numen
Mushroom

Got me twice, I think

2 BSODs since Tuesday, both when rebooting to install a Windows patch, including the 5001028 patch this morning. On a 6 year old PC!

And still waiting (sort of) for 2004 to "become available" for my system. (If ever.)

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker

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Re: Features yes but..

I remember working for Ingres in the mid-80's, when Ingres and Oracle were the same size. Oracle had a soundex (sp?) function that would search for words that sounded like others. There was almost never any use for it, but Ingres didn't have it. Thus Oracle told all the prospects that you had to have it, and so of course you couldn't possibly use Ingres.

Somethings don't change, I guess.

5 months later, 37.7% of Windows 10 PCs are running the May 2020 Update... Wait, people are still on 1809?

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Re: Names and numbers

I'm still waiting for Windows to give me permission to install 2004. I'm sure I"m not the only one!

The vid-confs drinking game: Down a shot of brandy every time someone titters 'Sorry, I was on mute'

Numen

Welcome back!

Sanity has been sorely missed.

When you gaze long enough into the bork, the bork will gaze back into you

Numen
Headmaster

10:10 (or 1:50) is Happy Time!

This is known as the "happy time." See? The hands seem to smile. You'll see this on almost every clock/watch/analog time/... ad to subliminally put you in a good mood about it.

As opposed to the "sad time" of 4:40 (or 8:20). You'll likely never see that!

IT guy whose job was to stop ex-staff running amok on the network is jailed for running amok on the network

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Re: 12 Months And A Day

As I recall, 12 months or less is a local jail; over 12 months is prison. The extra day thus ensures prison.

Peek-a-boo! Windows Insiders play hide and seek with a Friday night update

Numen
Paris Hilton

Print from the cloud

Am I paying exit network charges for the big Postscript/PCL etc files?

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

Numen
FAIL

Just don't allow bugs!

I worked for a company in the 70's and 80's where the QA group returned a product release literally 10 times due to all the bugs. The development managers were livid, of course, so they got the SW Dev VP to declare that the QA group could not run any tests that the developers themselves had not run. Problem solved!

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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FAIL

Didn't notice a person either

Did you notice the truck driver standing in the lane near the center divider, about where the car's brakes show the puff of smoke, trying to warn off the car? The car didn't notice him either, not just his truck.

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Mushroom

Re: Until some vendor takes security seriously...

Then they get hit with the epoch rollover and the dancing stops.

Patch blues-day: Microsoft yanks code after some PCs are rendered super secure (and unbootable) following update

Numen
Meh

W10 + AMP = '!'

On one of our Windows 10 systems, running Cisco AMP, after the Tuesday patches went on we get a yellow '!' on the Windows Defender shield icon. When you look, it says "Virus and threat protection status unavailable, open Cisco AMP for Endpoints for information." The link it provides is to the AMP Connector, which won't open. Opening AMP directly, it thinks things are fine. I'd turn on AMP Connector Debugging if I could find where the log file for this is!

Anyway, something seems off in the Connector interface.

Cover your NASes: QNAP acknowledges mystery malware but there's no patch yet

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Alert

Consume vs Enterprise

From a client we work with:

I checked with QNAP and our enterprise devices are running on a FreeBSD base vs the consumer Linux based devices. QNAP has said there are no currently known vulnerabilities for our enterprise SANs.

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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procine produce?

Great! They've been telling me to eat more vegetables!

IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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It's discs. IBM had their own spelling.

Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

Numen
Holmes

Forward into the past!

We're seeing the re-invention of the divide and conquer approach: X was too big and too slow to provision, so we're going with smaller systems that are much more agile and that "anyone" can manage. Of course there are more of them, so maintenance time and effort is multiplied (1400 security patch applications, anyone?) and we need more people to do it. After a while, this gets to be a problem. Wait - look! We can consolidate all this little servers into a few big ones. Problem solved!

There's a time-honored tradition of stampeding over to a "new" approach that solves your current issues, without any insight (or memory) that the new approach has its issues, too. Too hard to figure out how to solve your current issues, so just follow the PR/hype and go with something different.

Fun to watch this on its second or third go-around.

IBM swings axe through staff, humming contently about cloud and AI

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Experience is cleaqrly overrated

So they lay off the older, most experienced people. Obviously experience isn't important. You'd think that would apply to upper management as well. Think of the salary you'd save there!

OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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More history

Don't forget the merge/demerge with Cray that started their high-end computing.

Twitter: Don't know where hackers got those logins but it wasn't from us

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Re: 9-11-1961

Or, if you're European, could mean November 9, 1961,

Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

Numen

I've asked vendors why, and they say they're protecting themselves against users who don't know how to use their product, run a benchmark, or tune it properly. They publish their own benchmarks, because they know how to use their products. Of course, they can't publish benchmarks of their competitors products, but you can bet they run them (even if the EULA says they can't).

So when we see an ad about performance, it refers to a competitor's published benchmark.

Of course, unless you run benchmarks as your company's workload, a benchmark isn't really all that useful anyway.

Clear April 12: Windows, Samba to splat curious 'crucial' Badlock bug

Numen
Unhappy

Solaris 11 has its own implementation as well.

And don't forget all the storage array and appliance manufacturers that use Samba in their products. It's probably going to take a while to get upgrades for them and then get those applied!

Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

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News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle

Sounds like USA Today. Will they use USA Today's colors for each section?

FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Anyone remember Bell system DAAs?

Sure sounds similar. When you wanted to attach non-Bell equipment to the network, you had to have their adapter (DAA) so you wouldn't damage the network. They made that stick for about 8-10 years, as I recall.

https://books.google.com/books?id=QLZG2v-kw7sC&pg=PA9&lpg=PA9&dq=telephone+network+daa&source=bl&ots=6LjWKom2st&sig=mS4vsvR6dy2lKJBJwnvTrIiksoA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4mZXe3YLLAhVN-mMKHdINBwoQ6AEINjAE#v=onepage&q=telephone%20network%20daa&f=false

Intel and Micron's XPoint: Is it PCM? We think it is

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Magnetism?

I wonder if some of the chalcogenide magnetic properties are being used. Doesn't look like it from the diagram, though.

Where will storage go over the next 15 years? We rub our crystal ball

Numen
Childcatcher

And the other areas?

With the impact of cloud on storage products, there's the related impact on on-premise servers and server networking, and the follow-on effects to systems and reseller staff. (Personal/workstation device type networking will still be important!)

Sounds like a major dislocation for folks working today, especially those starting: many of their jobs may not be needed over a relatively short horizon A look at that would be a very interesting article.

NEW, LOVELY, UNTOUCHED - a second EARTH waiting across the stars

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FAIL

Dress codes can be fun!

Many years ago, I worked for a major computer company. The manager at the east coast support center decided his staff (never seen by customers) need to look more professional, and sent a memo declaring that everyone must wear a tie.

And they did.

You never saw so many spiffy headbands, belts, armbands, and so on. Needless to say the policy didn't last very long.

SanDisk flash array launch signals imminent AFA battle

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I also had the Fujitsu Eternus DX200F and the Nimbus Gemini F4xx/6xx on my list.

Samb-AAAHH! Scary remote execution vuln spotted in Windows-Linux interop code

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Alert

Samba isn't just used in servers!

Many NAS-enabled arrays use Samba, just check the log files. They run Linux and use its facilities. Expect a whole lot of "firmware" updates to your arrays! Of course, they're can be hard to get to from the outside, but still ...

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