* Posts by akoepke

7 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jun 2017

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall


The money has to come from somewhere

The money made on these shares has to come from somewhere. In order to sell your shares, there has to be someone willing to buy them. If someone is buying them at the peak price, then they are the ones that are going to lose the money when it comes crashing down. In order for one person to make big money on this, there needs to be lots of people who are going to be losing their savings.

The hedge funds may end up losing money, but the people jumping on the bandwagon due to hype are the ones that are going to be hurt the most.

Oracle asks Supremes to snub Google's Java API copyright protest – and have a nice cuppa tea, instead


I don't think they directly copied Oracle code. The original Android SDK was based on the Apache Harmony project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Harmony#Use_in_Android_SDK

That project was created with the blessing of Sun Microsystems: https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1019575/apache-to-cleanroom-java-with-suns-blessing

From what I understand, Harmony was developed using "clean room" principles. They had one team of developers use the existing code to write the specs, this is basically the function names and parameters and documenting what the result should be. Then another team was handed this spec and implemented it all using totally new code. This spec is the only part that was copied, everything else was implemented from scratch.

It sucks that this happened with the blessing of Sun back in the day and they were since bought by Oracle. Oracle just wants money and saw this as a way to squeeze a lot out of Google. They don't care about anything else.

McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse


"roughly one in every 20 AWS S3 buckets are left wide open to the public internet"

Does that include buckets which are made public because that is their purpose? I manage 10 buckets and 3 of those are set for public read access. These are buckets containing website assets (mainly images) so no security issue.

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS


Why is there an incessant beeping noise coming from the room with the IT stuff in it? Who cares, it is still working.

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak


Wow, glad I had already ditched those certs a while back

I received the revocation emails for a couple of certs that were almost due to expire. Thankfully I had stopped using them around a year ago as we are now using a free AWS certificate.

The fact they had retained a copy of the private key is an absolute betrayal of trust.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook


"Have you found something a user swore was lost?"

Many many times. Most common one is people moving the mouse when they go to double click on a folder. The result is them dragging it and moving it into another folder. The operation happens instantly and suddenly their folder is "gone" and they panic.

As for losing emails, people who create folders and use the Deleted Items as their filing cabinet. Back in the days when we had an in-house Exchange server with a hard storage limit I was coming close and used GPO to clear people's deleted items when they closed Outlook. Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth that happened after that and people complained that they I had deleted the emails they wanted to keep.

It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering


Re: "nobody seems to be complaining much these days"

Exactly my thoughts. I work in media and we use Adobe CC on 5 machines. Media is doing it tough and it really hurts when they jack up the prices by a ridiculous amount each year. But what can you do? You need to use the software and you can only buy it on subscription.

Switching isn't easy, especially when you consider the time and cost of retraining the team, rebuilding templates and libraries and converting or recreating existing documents.

The costs of the subscription are high but changing to something else would end up costing more.