* Posts by arthoss

106 posts • joined 28 Jul 2016


Don't pay the ransom, mate. Don't even fix a price, say Australia's cyber security bods


Paying data ransoms should be illegal

Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence


Re: Apple have no leg to stand on

Apple also has 15% the second year w subscriptions. The difference to MS is that MS was a monopoly on the open hardware called PC while Apple builds its own custom hardware (iPhone, iPad and soon the Mac) for iOS. Hardware and software in one hand, the choice is easy to make (Apple or something else).


Verge’s story is not well researched so it’s a bad example.

Apple to hand out limited-edition iPhones among 1337 h4x0rs because it wants more bug-hunters


Re: That has to be a Good Thing (TM)

I came here to exactly comment that.

Unfortunately for SAP, major ERP upgrade projects are the last thing customers want to think about right now


the voice of reason

in the last couple of years customers have been trigger happy in increasing complexity that required costly and complicated integration between SAP and others.

Those who don't know history... are bound to repeat it. And that is what's been happening.

Happy to hear that customers realise that integration is key. For me, with 20plus years in the ERP consulting business, is so important that even at home integration is on the first place.

NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself


from Germany

living in Germany: a non scientific poll showed that from the people following Corona 60% would install the app in Germany . It's build with SAP and T-Systems (T-Systems' involvement worries me actually). I'm not part of the 60% since I cannot just install an app without a proper check by IT bods, maybe later I will.

But one thing I don't understand is why the app wasn't built into the existing state KatWarn application, which concerned citizens have on their phones to know when catastrophes happen. In my circle of friends, most people have it. That app has a "guarding angel" mode, which checks your location to warn you of catastrophes around you OR you can just define areas of interest and not enable the location tracking.

On the whole health front, I fail to see why apple and co didn't extend the likes of HealthKit to cover and detect abnormal health situations also in regards to this type of sickness. Don't tell me that my apple watch doesn't have the data that shows something is off when I'm sick(being in bed with a cold and it's asking me to do sports). All these things should be open for reporting to the state, if I so choose (and I would), which would probably nullify the need for an explicit app from the state.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?


Re: Affinity

pixelmator pro is what I use... and it also has a vectorial drawing mode.

Oracle to take IT out of the equation for HR, ship prebuilt metrics, KPIs to analyse carbon-based lifeforms


sounds useless

since it's for Oracle's suite first and only through integration for the others.

Researching my answer I just saw the section in Wiki on "post ERP era" saying how all software parts from different solutions are, in these times, "easily interchangeable". Yeah, if you call 6-12 months integration work easy! Nah this approach hasn't convinced me. I want back to the monolithic ERP!

French monopoly watchdog orders Google to talk payment terms with French publishers


Re: Dear Google

hi Alan, I think that law is meant to create an empty ("blue ocean") space where a better solution will come along at some point.

SAP hits back in Oracle cloud spat: I am rubber, you are glue, we have twice as many ERP installations as you


What leading triumvirate ?

Genuine question here...

WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS could have triggered NATO reaction, says German cybergeneral


Re: NATO response

hmpf, whether is state sponsored or not, it doesn't matter. Terrorism of any kind needs to be fought against, I personally agree with this idea and others. Artificially restricting the response to computer wars is the same as in A Taste of Armageddon - it will lead to nothing good in the long term, just lost resources, continuously, with nothing learnt.

Coronavirus claims new victim: 'DEF CON cancelled' joke cancelled after DEF CON China actually cancelled



probably how the whole thing started

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


I remember having read somewhere that USB C is not as good as lightning for music transmission due to some sampling or latency issues

Ring of fired: Amazon axes multiple workers who secretly snooped on netizens' surveillance camera footage


sue them too!

people need to be taught a lesson, amazon should sue them on breaching the rights of those persons. Firing them is too lenient.

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps


Where’s our data, Google?

Is this a Rick and Morty reference (where are my testicles, Summer?)

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff


netflix and friends - misdirection

putting a black and white icon to push people to watch less Friends

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience


the demand for software is too high to have time to properly do it

Yes, there is much to do. And what do you do when companies are busy trying to churn out new shinier software (that admittedly sells better) instead of investing in the existing one...

Anyway I just came here to contradict "Software developers know how to create and deploy software for which extremely low bug counts are guaranteed. " Most developers are barely adequate so I'm not sure they know how to create software with a low number of bugs.

Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year


Nice ref to the Pentium bug

In the subtitle of the article

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience


Erm yeah point taken for those. But you get my gist.


Am I the only one here who care only about .net, .country, .org and .com? Those who can’t have those are most probably dodgy, I believe.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


A new epoch upon us

It’s coming. Where we’ll have to make a decision about what website we really want to read and sponsor and not just use the links from a search engine. With all the possibilities for fake anything these days, only official stuff and favourite website will come to count. And then you can think about donating some money to them.

Google and co will amass otherwise too much power with regards to our free will (you don’t have it if choice is limited).


Re: I'm perfectly fine with minimal text and no images

Yeah, I still remember el Reg in the 2000’s no pictures whatsoever, at not on the home page. Stock photos are just noise, in the end.

Chrome devs attempt to slip muzzle on resource-guzzling browser beast with 'Never-Slow Mode'


Re: Better solution

The future of web is JS websites.

Nah. the web apps will transcend to a semisupported state in OSs (plugins for app patterns defined by the OS). Maybe JS, probably something else. And the info part of web might become nicely playing HTML again

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Re: Telegram

Signal is the way to go for communication, if iMessage is not an option.

Facebooker swatted, Kaspersky snares an NSA thief, NASA server exposed, and more


Why loathed care to elaborate?

Using this in consulting, all happy at every customer, can you give some facts?

Huawei CEO defiant on security claims, vows to be so good, 'no market can keep us away'


Re: From the Article...

Yeah I think regardless where it comes from you should always believe there is a backdoor in any software

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China


Re: I thought Google was supposed to 'do no evil'?

you must like Yahoo! a! Lot!

As if connected toys weren't creepy enough, kids' data could be used against them in future


If I were working for an unethical employer I’d set up a data slurper to gather info for use from children and teenagers 20 30 years later on them. That means it’s already happening

IT Wi-Fi kit bit by TI chip slip: Wireless gateways open to hijacking via BleedingBit chipset vuln


Now talking as a noob in hacking (I do business software, but there seems to be a business side to hacking too), why is there no self developing vulnerability finding software (KI - artificial intelligence - I use the German word for it because it’s cooler)?

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: Not bad

I don’t mind the odd krrckssskrrrk of harddrive, it’s actually a nice noise. No, when my old mini does makemkv and handbrake it sounds like I’m on the launch pad of an aircraft carrier.


Re: Naysayers ...

It’s human to be afraid of what you don’t know.


Re: Not bad

Yeah, for me too. If I have a Hoover of a computer in my small office, I’d have to wear headphones the whole time... I’m looking to replace my MBR 15 with something that supports high definition screens and is quiet.


You lost me at “eclipse”

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan


Maybe in a couple of thousands of years...

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft


Hahaha. They probably don’t have enough scientists to process all information they stole already.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move


ahhh the foolish growth

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest


The moment something is automated is the death knell of its attraction. HTML is about to die then. No more crap programs masqueraded as “web” pages. Clap ... clap ... clap. Bring on the direct clients!

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade


SAP’s stupidity was to think that acquiring a cloud solution will suffice. But through that they didn’t get to put their ingrained wisdom into the SaaS suite. Also, pushing customers to the “cloud” only meant customers thought it viable to move to a different suite altogether (hey it works with success factors so it will work with any other).

Customers generally implement updates twice a year and it takes about 3 weeks (mostly because you have to test a lot of stuff and some things need to be fixed). All public sector is no go for data that is not under their control, so there are projects with SAP still. The only reason why there is indeed a bit of a handbrake on the sap implementations these days is SAP’s faltering commitment to the on-premise solution. Well they did say they’re preparing a new on premise version for 2023 and that will be supported till 2030. 7 years is nothing - they should commit to 20 years at least.


I don't know where you get your data from, it seems like you're generalising ...

Cloud is a mess in general, not just at SAP. We're devolving in ERP software because of the cloud hype to the state of the 80s where nothing was properly integrated. Let's talk in 5 years when this generation repeats history. It's partly SAP's fault for promoting their cloud products at the expense of the on-premise products. Making experience with two cloud solutions and they're just puerile compared to classic SAP - unstructured information, missing information structures that are long required by law, basic workflows, it's just unbelievable customers accept it - and then they keep the classic SAP because it does what it's supposed to do. And with all the new economy wars I expect that "cloud" will be deployed in each country to avoid blocking and just like with netflix some parts of it won't work from certain countries (for multinational companies). Cloud won't ever work 100%, no matter how evolved we are (one country) - because at some point we'll have to move to other planets.

SAP software is not dog old. Is actually legally up to date in many countries. If users hate anything that might be the UI but why would a normal user know about ABAP? ABAP's power is in its APIs which are massive - the libraries of all kinds of business functions and legal implementations - so what if it's old, normal functional consultants can understand it, which wouldn't be the case if it would be a super fancy new language. Change for the sake of change, from SAP, that's a recipe for success... of the consulting companies riding the latest trends not for the customer. Slap a version of SAPGui for the iPad packaged with a VPN connection and you're good to go with all current SAPGui applications - that could be something that SAP could do in a jiffy (why aren't you doing it SAP?).

"People would rather have best of breed" - yeah well if you skip leg day you can't do chicken shit in real life - it all has to work together otherwise your just creating a Frankenstein monster. The cloud house is creaking at its junctions - the customer will tend to the junctions instead of tending to the walls and other parts as before.

I don't get why some of you here have such negative feelings towards SAP - SAP is a complete software suite that considerably simplifies work and can be customised to fit the most complex processes. That is not the case with the new high kids on the block.


Re: Payroll ?

4 million personnel numbers managed and paid, worked like a charm. But you have to maintain focus for the entire duration of the project. Companies have to learn to wait for the best consultants - till they're out of the current projects. Companies exist for hundreds of years so why hurry. Get the best consultants, get the best plan, pay the right price and you'll get something that will run 50 years if you want. As a rule of thumb I'll say if SAP themselves is not involved in the huge project at all, you have to be really careful.


First of all this seems to have been an implementation of SAP HR, FI, CRM, SCM, etc. (and you're referring to CRM in your comment).

SAP is the best payroll system in the world if you want to run it on your own. SAP FI is top notch as well. It's a proper on-premise solution, which is preferred by institutions from the public sector. It's not easy to do a proper move from one older system to another. We needed about 5 years to do it for a huge public sector institution, with at least 20 people permanently on the job, most of the time double or more. We had an excellent project manager who knew SAP HR and FI, I think that's what made the difference (SAP provided him and half of the consultants).

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Download from malware.com and get a 10 euro voucher

Literally being paid to shoot yourself in the knee, that’s what will happen.

Thanks for all comments, I will not allow games on my son’s ipad that can get goodies through any other means than App Store, because that would be outside my family chain of control on ios. What Epic is doing is shit, a Epicxshit . Let’s go back a decade or two it’s just too good these days!

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


Peasant, you have the shopping list on your wrist, every item you tap to tick disappears eventually - on the apple watch. It's easier and faster when you have two bags in each hand than using sticks and stones to make a fire.

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones


Re: weird decision by Aussies

yes you're right, I'll trust you.


Re: Worse!

oh no! who would have thought that happens when the communication between the subsystems of a modern phone are secured? Ben, NontechnicalBen.

The A7 forwards the data to the Secure Enclave but cannot read it. It's encrypted and authenticated with a session key that is negotiated using the device's shared key that is built into the Touch ID sensor and the Secure Enclave. The session key exchange uses AES key wrap- ping with both sides providing a random key that establishes the session key and uses AES-CCM transport encryption.


weird decision by Aussies

replacing a sensor that generates a mathematical representation of a fingerprint is playing with fire. You don't know the new sensor doesn't generate the same representation for all fingerprints or for some spy agency standard artificial fingerprint or even uses an algorithm that is similar to Apple's. Non-approved means non-known. this is not just an apple issue... it applies to all sensors used for security.

description of what it does for laymen, because some of these comments show ignorance https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204587

Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout


it dept learned how to strap it in bondage so it's gagged

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


Re: @JustWondering - 5 seconds is not enough

from own experience with adaptive cruise control: having it enabled, you can press the brake pedal faster, as your foot is not on the acceleration, you are safer if you turn your head and another car veers into your path at the same time, you save more energy, slowing down cars at the end of a jam are detected and in a jam you don't have to constantly accelerate and decelerate.

Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin


why the honour?

none of his theories are proven, unlike Newton's.

US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene


GSM data is already available at the telephony provider

yeah. so with or without google you'll still be tracked. Sometimes people forget that everything is digital not just the OS on their phone.



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