Re: Microsoft only have themselves to blame
Are you telling me you can't see how one of those literally tells you what it is doing and one does not.
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They mention in the article a domain registration that was similar to the company email domain, they also mention that Dr Fisher did lots of work with the company and was well known.
I'm assuming they put those two together for a realistic looking from address and spammed the entire company hoping that someone would bite.
...as I head it n+1 hand but I heard the following.
Techie on the service desk get a call from a panicking user "I've just poured coffee into my bosses keyboard, he's going to go mental", ah ha no problem they think "It's OK, just take the keyboard and run it under some tap water for 5 minutes, making sure you get the water in every corner. It'll wash the coffee out and as long as you don't plug it in until you are sure it's dry it'll be fine!".
They are thanked by the clumsy user and everyone is happy.
Until that is someone picks up the phone to the enraged boss who goes on to ask "Which one of you fucking idiots told my secretary to run my laptop under the tap"
I came across a similar one once, there was a quota for all mailboxes at 1gb or whatever and I found a handful of users in an office with ~5gb mailboxes... very strange, only to find that the deleted items folder wasn't included in the quota and someone had found that out that moving everything to deleted items when they got the warning got rid of the warning but meant they could keep their stuff.
This was the filing system employed by the PA to a CEO of a national UK business:
The 25K unread count was the tip of the iceberg, there were well over 120K items in there. Lots of rubbish but also lots of vital bits of information. Given her tenure there I was always suspicious that she probably was holding the only copy of some important docs in that deleted items folder.
In my days as an MSP worker I had to look after a managing director at a new client. He had a *proper* freak out on me because I changed the sort order of his documents folder and 'he lost all his files', they just weren't in the order he expected and he was so technologically illiterate he didn't comprehend what was happening.
And when I say freak out, I really mean it. Red in the face body vibrating spittle from his mouth shouting within seconds of seeing the screen.
This same guy had a finite number of excel documents. When he wanted a new spreadsheet he'd find an older one that he no longer needed open it, delete what was in there and start again. Same file name.
I didn't even bother trying to show him how to create a new one.
"I could do with a copy of Adobe InDesign to play with from time-to-time, but I'm not willing to pay a monthly fee when there's no guarantee that I'll have time to use it that month"
Do adobe allow you just pay ~£20 for a single months worth of access? I've always thought that, as long as there's nothing enforcing minimum year terms or whatever, that a months use of the latest pro standard software for that kind of money is actually pretty reasonable.
"I would struggle to write about Boris Johnson using non-gendered terms"
How about lying cunt... oh no that doesn't work. Massive bellend? Oh. Still not right.
Total fuckhead, works though maybe, I don't think that crosses any linguistic gender barriers
I was a senior man in charge of some stuff at an MSP a few years ago. The big client, the only national client that basically paid all the wages, got a new CTO and so I was handed the kid gloves to handle his on boarding. All typical stuff, he had arrived and had been working for a few days when I get a call that he had a problem and could I look at it.
I got him on the phone and we had a chat whilst I dialled in and took control of his machine through remote assistance. The important point here is that he could still see what was happening on his screen.
The issue was a minor thing, no worries I've got a powershell script that does just what we need. I map a drive back to my terminal and open up my powershell script repository. It was something I use regularly so it's built into a function, in the folder \Functions. I type FU to get to the relevant section of my script folder and it is only at this point I realise my mistake.
The folder structure looks like this
\FUCKING FUCK FUCK
\FUCK THIS BULLSHIT
\FUCK MY LIFE, THIS PROJECT AND ALL WHO SAIL IN HER
The conversation certainly died down at this point, but it doesn't matter I'd already handed my notice in.
I have, and use, an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. I use it for spam purposes and never really thought about it that much as I only ever CTRL+V it into websites I don't care that much about.
I got an offer from an italian wine company that I thought was probably a bit spammy but I wanted the cheap wine so I signed up with the above address, bought and received the wine and everything was good.
My phone rang with an odd looking international number. I answer it and am greeted with a nice sounding but very very italian lady asking in pretty broken english (vastly better than my italian mind) if I wanted more wine. Well it turns out i did so we proceed to transact until she wanted to confirm my details and started reading out my email address...
"so that coontz@mildili... mildly... cuuntz@mild"
I cut her off there and asked her to change that address to a proper one.
My only hope is that her english was limited enough that the worst of swear words wasn't one that she was familiar with and the concept contained in mildlyoffensivedomain.com wasn't one that she grasped.
Of course they've heard of failover, they've probably been told by the consultant that it's in and working but they've never bothered to test it and/or massively under specced the 2nd site. Something has gone awry, the failover happened and it's still awry, just differently awry now.
Or the guy that preceeded me at a place worked there. Had a SQL failover cluster which did work but it was all running on the same storage so when the SAN had a wobble both nodes fell over at the same time.
"They have literally zero USP over just using Chrome."
Except they don't stream every aspect of your interaction and your data back to the google mothership.
Arguably they have no USP over other browser makers (brave?), although the desktop version was highly configurable (i think?) which nerds like us like.
Either way I'm happy to tick along in Firefox land on the desktop and Brave on the mobile.
But the alerts are probably going to a generic 'email@example.com' account that no-one monitors. One day someone will have a look in there ("whys that mailbox got 400000 unread emails") and find all the different services that have been warning them of their insecure configuration for the last 5 years.
I would imagine that before we get as far as you suggest we'll already be generating 'fingerprints' of people as they go past, much like already happens with mobile phone radiation.
The authorities might not know what you are thinking or your emotional state but they have incontrovertible proof that you were there and a unique ID that can track and correlate your position, and unlike your mobile phone you can't leave your brain at home or pick up a burner from cash converters.
As a counterpoint - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg_Declaration_of_1868
The Russians developed exploding musket balls, realised they were both unnecessary and terrifying and brought everyone together to create a treaty to ban them that still stands today.
Not that I disagree with your point but it's worth remembering that there have been examples of the global community coming together for an ethical agreement, it can happen again.
I'm reasonably sure that someone demonstrated detecting heart rate using nothing more than the Kinnect camera from an xbox.
Found here... https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/kinectforwindows/2015/06/12/detecting-heart-rate-with-kinect/
So yeah, it's almost certainly not as detailed or accurate as an ecg with electrodes stuck to your body but feasible. And as always with these things, if you can do it on £100 consumer hardware you can be sure there is/was a DARPA or equivalent version that works *much* better on £100,000 hardware.
Of course that's a completely different process to an EEG which is so sensitive that the blinking of an eye or an IV drip will disrupt the output. How you'd measure that remotely (as suggested to be 'not far behind' ECG technology in the article) I have no idea.
You miss the point though, people aren't going to get into situation where they all get together and say "Lets do a load of dopamine and get high!" they'll be fed interfaces and systems that addict them to the dopamine rush to keep them hooked on whatever platform that they are interacting with...
...which has of course already happened with social media and the flashing beeping device in our pocket that has people already in the throes of serious addiction.
What society can do about it, by legislating, is recognising that the corporations are using this to their advantage and to regulate them away from doing so now, and doing it worse in the future ("Come to Primark to experience the Pleasure Signal as you shop" and that assuming that they do it overtly, and not just secretly broadcasting euphoric signals within the confines of their premises on the quiet).
Even if criminals are offering dopamine 'drugs' the people who get involved with that have to make a positive decision to get involved, this 'war on dopamine tech' stops the entire populace from getting (further) caught up without even realising.
It's the difference between your water supplier being allowed to be able to put cocaine in your water or not.
Back in the day I had a 386dx running at 33Mhz (I think, all a bit hazy now) and I could set it to run at 40mhz via dip switches but it got astonishingly hot, this was in the pre heatsink as standard era so it was just a flat topped chip on the board.
One day I stumbled across a ~15cm piece of machined aluminium and an idea struck me. I superglued it straight onto the top of the chip and set the dips to 40mhz.
Worked like a charm. I got my extra 5 MIPS and I didn't blow the chip up.
I left a company over 2 years ago, having been running the XP/2003 decommissioning project for 4 years prior to leaving.
I caught up with a couple of the guys I left behind and they are still no further forward in getting the last 2003 boxes off the network, I had of course dealt with the low hanging fruit but the last few boxes were 'core' and running proprietary application software that won't run on anything newer. The company that provided the software wanted £100K just to *asses* updating it to something newer, the cost of making it work would have been extra.
They've lost the contract to do the replacement application of course, but that's still years away and in the meantime they're collecting their monthly support fees and not having to do a bit of work for it.
You can listen to what your google devices have picked up under your google account page (the security bit perhaps?). There's a metric fuckload of stuff that doesn't begin with 'ok google' in mine, and that was before I put a home mini in the kitchen (it was free, what am I gonna do).
It was useful once though, I was talking to a colleague and said "I'll have to google for [specific bit of information]", my phone assumed that I had triggered the voice thing and pretty promptly answered out loud with what we needed to know for us both to hear. It saved me a few keystrokes at least.
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Have you bumped up against the 3 client limit on the free tier yet? That was the killer for me, I don't keep a lot of stuff in dropbox and so the free 5GB i have is more than sufficient, but I use(d) it to sync to lots of devices.
Moved to NextCloud on a box at home pointing at a few TB's of general storage, sadly it doesn't offer quite the same features as I was using in dropbox was but as always; improvise, adapt, overcome.
"WinME, not that anybody ever used the kludge"
As a youngling in the back room assembling PC's for a highstreet retailer at that time I can assure you that lots of people were using it. Perhaps not in the office but the home crowd were heavily invested whether they liked it or not.
Whilst you are absolutely correct that great actors add more than just their image to the performance, that's still only an algorithm* away.
Alternatively you end up with 5 brilliant actors who do all the acting in every film and then the studio just maps the face and image onto them to get the final desired product.
We're already seeing de-aging used pretty successfully film and TV, it's not a huge step beyond that.
*perhaps quite a complicated one, but perhaps machine learning can be shown great films and great actors and adapt to understand what is needed to create that in a new film.
Had the same when I was supporting random clients EDI systems in the early 2000's. We used PC Anywhere over dialup and because the systems weren't ours we had no control. I got good at making small talk about the kids/pets/holidays on various peoples desktops for the same reason.
Working in front of full screen Notepad sorted things out to a degree, but I'd still habitually hit minimise all and get caught.
I was sent to fix a computer at a car dealership, it was one of the sales guys so setup right in the middle of the sales floor. I sat down and minimised everything where I was presented with an extremely close up and detailed picture of a vulva.
The guy was stood there and muttered something about it being a prank and he didn't know how to change it back "I just keep everything full screen" which is living dangerously when you have paying customers sat in a chair next to you.
I changed it back and spoke to their head office who agreed that they needed to pay us to set up a policy to lock down the desktops.
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