* Posts by Old Shoes

21 posts • joined 2 Apr 2016

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

Old Shoes

Re: exim

If I may introduce you to `find | xargs` it may save you some time at a later date.

`find . -type f -delete`

That will delete all files in this directory and sub-directories.

`find . -type f -print0 | xargs -r0 rm -v --`

That will delete all files in this directory and sub-directories, using `rm` which I've also set to announce which files it is (or isn't) deleting.

Old Shoes

Re: Reply all

CC'ing in the legal counsel also means they can't be subpoena'd for those emails later because they're client-lawyer confidential.

This is some stupid loophole that a dodgy company tried to use in America. I remember reading about it here on El Reg but I can't recall their name.

Remind us again, why work for AWS? Petty Amazon sues marketing veep after he defects to Google Cloud

Old Shoes

Re: non-compete

You are correct. A company cannot force you to not earn a wage for 18 months.

They either need to pay you for the duration of the non-compete - ensure this is written in the contract - or they need to not enforce it. And also, it's possible to get the non-compete waived depending on how well you get on with your former employer.

I've seen people jump to a competitor. Some former bosses are fine. Some former bosses are vindictive and try to enforce the non-compete. Bluffs were called. Lawyers were called in. Clauses were found to be unenforceable. Money changed hands. Hundreds of staff were presented with new contracts to sign the next month.

Old Shoes

Re: How very trusting of him

It does happen. The company you exited will pay your gardening leave. You just need to ensure it is in the contract *before* you sign it. (Putting things in the contract before signing seems to be the difficult part here.)

I've seen a 6 month non-compete where the previous company will pay 3 months wages.

Also, if you're a hot enough commodity that you have over a year of non-compete (wowza!) then it's likely that the company you're going to will pay you a signing bonus and advance you your salary to tide you over. By the time you've got that much of a non-compete you have a cushion to survive it. I'm still at the 6 month gardening leave level but at my previous role was only at a 3 month leave level.

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

Old Shoes

Fairly typical for amazing AI

Many of the amazing AI advances in recent years just have poorly paid workers in cheap locations pawing through your data.

Expensify could magically tabulate your receipts. They were just flogging it out to fellow humans on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Spinvox was using the power of AI to turn your voicemail messages into texts that could be discretely read, using human workers. (19 years later another startup called "Vxt" is recreating the same idea.)


There's a tiny robot that drives around Berkeley doing deliveries. Kiwibot drivers are sitting in Colombia.

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

Old Shoes

There's an option

This annoyed me because while my network setup here is quite resilient, after a short Internet outage the WiFi will disappear.

Turns out there is an option: "Uplink Connectivity Monitor"

I thought this was just to rearrange the network topography in case the WiFi mesh was having issues, but I was wrong.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

Old Shoes

Symptoms of the WhatsApp outage smelt like they were using portions of the same infrastructure. Pure text messages would send, but image uploads would take a long time before failing. This is as though they were being uploaded to some Facebook image store that was not responding.

This was also the symptom of when the Chinese government was trying to stop certain photos of Winnie the Pooh being uploaded on WhatsApp. They just blocked any uploads of approximately the same size.


Old Shoes

Re: Not sure the comparison is valid

Facebook is getting to the point where it is critical infrastructure as an identity provider and phone company.

Because of the network effect it really depends on your friends, but there are clusters of my friends who only communicate or do business via WhatsApp and others who only know how to contact each other on Facebook. And that includes not just short text messages but also voice calls, video calls, voice messages, photographs, etc.

Packet switching pickle prompts potential pecuniary problems

Old Shoes

Re: And I thought my home bill was bad..

Many years ago when I got DSL it was on a promotion with "unlimited data for 6 months". At the end of 6 months the used bandwidth totals were still 0. Emboldened I would download more and more.

One day the ISP fixed the metering and I discovered a wonderfully high bandwidth bill as I had consumed many many times my allowance. I rang the phone company and was able to negotiate my way onto a higher tier with a larger allowance and they kindly back-dated the plan change - saving me thousands.

That would be the end of the story except the next month my account was still on the low tier and the charges had not been reversed and I still had a massive (and now overdue) bill. I rang back, somehow got the same customer service rep, who then informed me that as he had been updating my account his computer crashed and he lost the change. He again back-dated my plan change, applied the credit, etc, and I was saved from Debtors Prison.

Old Shoes

In the time taken to turn on my phone at the airport and find the name of the preferred network operator my BlackBerry managed to run up $40 worth of roaming charges. The company's preferred network operator would have been free, but the name was in my email and the phone just connected to the first network it saw.

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

Old Shoes

Re: Ulbricht was also linked to six drug overdose deaths

As Chris Rock said, the government wants you doing *their* drugs.

Old Shoes

Re: Thanks for the article

Yes, "Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Carl Force and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges" took some of the Silk Road bitcoins.


Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

Old Shoes

Similar thing with SGI

Back when SGI still existed we gave them, IBM, HP, and Dell a benchmark of our own to test on their proposed multi-million dollar computer. HP and Dell didn't even bother to submit a figure but just pulled out of the RFP.

IBM sent back a figure with a dollar figure they'd cut off the price.

SGI returned a giant analysis of our code with multiple suggestions for optimisation. They won my vote.

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Old Shoes

Re: Alternative peer-to-peer backup?

You can buy a NAS such as Synology or WDMyCloud or QNAP and their software will allow you to sync NAS to NAS. So back up your files to your local Synology, and then N minutes later, your files are also available on the remote Synology.


Sorry if I sound like a shill. I'm an ex-CrashPlan user (R.I.P.) and I've recently made the shift to Synology. The WDMyCloud is a bit bare bones, Haven't used QNAP.

AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

Old Shoes

Re: Wasn't that already a thing in the 1990s?

Yes, but this has AI. It's the buzzword recycle:



Artifical Intelligence <--- you are here

Intelligent Agent



UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

Old Shoes

Confirmed endpoint breaks

If there is any technical accuracy to what he says, this just means they've got a way to break the end point (your Android or iPhone) and then extract the SQLite database full of unencrypted messages that you've forgotten to clear.

So clear your old chats and hope that SQLite is vacuumed* before PC Plod gets his hands on your phone.

* iMessage and WhatsApp didn't in the past: https://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=6143

In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production

Old Shoes

"Certain third parties" forgot that July 4th is a US holiday and distributed trade data from after the market close.


I'm more interested in the 123.45 vs 123.46 rounding vs truncation error that some sites and applications have.

This easy one cloud trick is in DANGER. Why?

Old Shoes

Re: Excellent - please tell us,,,

Anyone reasonably skilled in the art should be able to munge a packet capture into a directed graph.

tcpdump + bash/sed/perl/python + dot

Should do the trick!

DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Old Shoes

Re: From reading elsewhere...

There are multiple dates on Options.

There's the vesting date, which is when you can cash it.

There's also the expiry date after which they become worthless.


Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam

Old Shoes

In this 2008 article H2O is mentioned, heralding their project, along with a comment from the recently cleared Elfred Thomas:


In this 2011 article they are mentioned as running into problems and being investigated by SFO:


Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

Old Shoes

Re: Great looking but...

Order now and you'll have four years to purchase an extension cable.


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