* Posts by Giovani Tapini

575 publicly visible posts • joined 11 May 2018


That string of supercomputer hacks last week? Of course it was a crypto-coin-mining get-rich-quick scheme

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Re: The weakest link in the toolchain

its a uni, so probably done by script on the target.

Im more concerned about how they got there. Seems to be that personal devices were compromised to steal ssh keys.

they need to consider 2fa...

AT&T tracked its own sales bods using GPS, secretly charged them $135 a month to do so, lawsuit claims

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Re: California has it right

I was thinking on the same lines, regardless of the law who thought this was a good idea? and frankly after having been on pre-sales a few times as an expert, that doesn't suddenly reclassify me as sales.

I hope this guy has the evidence to follow thought, and doesn't settle out of court.

Timed sales visits? yes you have to keep commitments but that makes it sound more like a service call.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Deliberately Rigged...

I wonder where we have heard concerns about that before...

FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars

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Re: The magic of political magic.

The emperors new spectrum....

Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

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Insider threat still there

but likely to be more related to availability than data loss. It is definitely still up there, Incompetence hasn't suddenly gone away!

Don't trust deep-learning algos to touch up medical scans: Boffins warn 'highly unstable' tech leads to bad diagnoses

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Falls nicely into the area that computers and maths will remain bad at...

In the same way that CAPCHA uses difficult images with extra lines over disordered / incomplete letters (similar to photocopier example above)

or searching images for fire extinguishers will find a UK postbox with a shovel leaning on it and decide its also an extinguisher.

Back in real world where image quality is another variable, never mind the subjects in the images, fog, focus, object movement, changes in materials etc... It is hard for me to imagine AI keeping up with all the variables, never mind having a quality interpretation for both detecting and interpreting them.

I also have a concern that if AI did indeed get good enough, we effectively stop training the medical staff that teach and validate the AI results. This will create a new negative feedback loop. Particularly, as again noted above, the system cannot even show its working out either to train people, or to correct its results.

AI has masses of potential, but in my opinion we are looking for quick wins when there shouldn't be one....

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: I hated the pump ads...

I had a chat to the owner of an independent petrol station in the UK once.

He described how many millions of pounds the business turned over, Then how much he was able to pay himself, which was around national average income, despite all the money and effort. Other forms of income like advertising (historically renting videos etc) have always been necessary.

Non-human Microsoft Office users get their own special licences

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Re: Just wait

Could be their theory, but they would probably get a copyright claim for duplicating the SAP licences

Find your wallet, Apple: Ex-engineer adds eight more patents to lawsuit seeking credit for his developer work

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You will still have to patent the ideas though, even if you offer it as free to use, otherwise someone else will patent a version and bypass your generosity...

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...

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By facebook's logic

you should be creating a lawsuit against Walmart for misuse of ammunition,

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin

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When you are locked into a vendors cloud...

Doesn't matter if its an IOT device or some other service. The vendor will withdraw it...

I would much rather be able to run my own PRIVATE host as an option even if not default. Otherwise you are basically renting not buying product.

Makes my teeth grind...

From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it's still very much 5G silly season

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Re: "The frequency that they're using is just below the classification of a weapon"

its playing on the general ignorance of the public - remember half the population has below average intelligence...

I think i'll create a video that shows reading the register will hyper-evolve me into a super intelligent shade of blue...

Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers

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i am now quite worried

with the apparently easy access to 70s coding books and 80's diaries...

backs out quietly....

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: About ten years back

You will never know which system they are hard coded into until it's too late...

Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all

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try carrying more than one or two large calibre mortar rounds far and you'll take any help you can get...I don't think they are designing a combat suit!

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Re: Aren't.....

Isn't it a bit more Pacific Rim than Terminator?

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)

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No show stopper, they stopped at the soggy bottom

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs

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Re: Independent bug-gery

These font feel like bugss,but a failure to properly assess the failure nodes. Seems to me that automation of testing has assumed too much trust that code quality is good even if they don't know what it does.

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Nevrr trust anything where the wings fly faster than the aircraft..

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

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Possible counter culture but...

If I'm going to the effort of uprooting an incumbent ERP to the cloud..with all the changes needed to your supplier and internal systems to enable it or indeed thoroughly break it. Why would I not think it's time to slay the beast and move to other, cheaper services over throwing myself into their pits of hell?

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

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Unlike a normal lock

Defeat of this lock gives you more than the things it locked... That's got to be 10/10 for reverse engineering psychology!

Now I'm left wondering if you open it the intended way, do you get less than you start with?

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'

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Re: This was alays a bad idea

Are you sure that's Atari thumb and not something else?

Half of organisations willing to be led into the first circle of hell, or what Dante might call upgrading an ERP system

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Move ERP to the cloud

and then shut your eyes and entrust your entire business model to them. You will be subscribed at a level that will ensure you can never explore alternatives, you will be forced to change your business for every quarterly "evergreen update & feature release". You will not be able to extract and port data to your other solutions, particularly if they are in different clouds, and you wont be able to customise anything even if that's your business USP.

When upgrading or replacing ERP systems infrastructure is unlikely to be your key issue, hence moving to the cloud wont fix that.. You are generally forced to change how your Backoffice business works which is where the fun starts. Complex webs of processes, exec power struggles, lack of users that actually know their bit of business rather than what screen they use.. That's the problem, and also often the cause of lack of maintenance... Everyone uses the system, so its not mine - and if it is mine, then i'm not allowed to deal with it because it requires changing everyone else...


Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture

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Re: Marketing dept. nodding off...

Interesting choice for a pedant, given the "F" word can be used as a verb, noun, adverb and has various possible tenses too.

Beyond flagging it as an unwise word, if you do want it, I would love to see what rules it applies...

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May be the wrong way to test it...

but sure as hell that is how it will be used.

Send a document to anyone and it will be tested against the recipient's pet bias and you will no doubt get reamed. Already imagining companies asking if they can bias score their entire library of literature and documentation into a new low of computer controlled Orwellian new-speak.

We only want creativity at interview time... then you will become robotised …

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm

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I am now really worked if I send anything containing Titanium now...

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You dont want to become a headline

That is the most evil and effective warning possible, although if you don't get any at all I will be a little disappointed !

Collabora working on making any DirectX 12 driver able to support open graphics and parallel programming APIs

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Maybe but...

I never seen a bitcoin miner dependant on DirectX. for GPU support..

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites

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Now, what about

Boomhaur from King of the Hill..

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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also encouraged by BBC news & BBC world service

While talking about the sad ending of Seti@home for now

Your Agile-built IT platform was 'terrible', Co-Op Insurance chief complained to High Court

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i recognise this...

Multiple Agile Backlog syndrome - but I didn't know it had a name!

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We see only green here sir...

Isn't that what anyone would expect from an IBM led delivery project. An artful construction of status reporting that ensure there is no issues at all except with the customer...

And trying to control billable change requests with Agile is nonsense, you are changing as you go - that's a blank cheque, particularly if the project didn't waterfall long enough to identify the rough edges.

As for selling vaporware - that's fairly standard, although IBM clearly didn't apply enough business knowledge to know this was going to be a bit tough. Not sure anywhere else has a premium tax like UK for example.

Over £10m annually for support? yikes, I hope that is a very broad definition of support, or that would be another moneypit, attracting permanent fees for changes. Frankly that seems an awful lot in proportion, particularly as costs should go down over time, not up as the system stabilises in its new form.

Dell publishes data centre cleaning guidance, suggests hiring pros to disinfect enterprise kit

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Re: Insta challenge!

Some servers I've seen I wouldn't even touch...

Firefox to burn FTP out of its browser, starting slowly in version 77 due in April

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Re: "FTP is an insecure protocol and there are no reasons to prefer it over HTTPS"

So its just an operationally difficult to manage, dual port connection protocol, that on some platforms uses an extremely wide number of random ports and if you look at available comments, even without shell, can do nice amount of reconnaissance on the target file system. Add to this even file transfers themselves are not assured delivery unless your tool of choice adds this on.. putting an S on it does not change any of these aspects.

Addressing this as just an "insecure" protocol substantially under-represents its deficiencies, and there are alternatives …

British Army adopts WhatsApp for formal orders as coronavirus isolation kicks in

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Re: Operation name needed

Surely can only be Operation Face-Palm...

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Re: You mean?

Similar on a laptop - will be most CPU and memory hungry service you run...

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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Re: "Data, data everywhere, not any byte to drink"

Do you need some Nybbles with that drink sir?

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Consistent with my observations of some Agile led projects

Suddenly what used to be basics that you didn't need to specify in huge detail e.g. logging, access controls, upgrade & maintenance considerations, etc, now are ignored unless the customer specified ABSOLUTELY BL**DY EVERYTHING or it wont be done automatically by body shopped drones cut-n-pasting code from GitHub. Then probably re-specifying the same crapola at each level of the storyboard thus also ensuring you get supplied 20 different ways of delivering what should have been system wide features.

Just do some up-front design work, call it principles so it doesn't feel too old-school to the people involved, and ensure all delivery areas get the same book.

From what I have seen many Agile projects (at leas the ones at greenfield system level scale rather than feature development) have exhibited behaviours not seen since teasing trainee programmers with exercises that are actually impossible if they had thought about it in advance of train-of-thought coding

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Re: Nice attitude IBM...

I would lay odds that nowhere in the contract did it specify the system had to actually work or what that meant, only that it is delivered...

That upgrade from Java 8 to 11 you've been putting off? UK fintech types at Revolut 'quite happy' after a year in production

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Image vs Subheadling

While describing in this case a team hauling itself across the line, suggesting massive energy, noise, and ground shaking effort, the image is of lightweight tram rail more likely to carry a modified bus as its heaviest load!

While, of course, I am trying to out-nerd the discussions raised where images of Star Trek have been used in conjunction with Star Wars references it seems to me that the Reg needs to re-nerd itself.

Surely IT I've not reached so far into this millennium where IT people are not fussed about this sort of thing. Next someone will be saying all the Dr Who retcons are completely OK.… yikes.

Keep the articles coming, I need something to both read and complain about while working from home !

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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Re: I must say I'm surprised....

All I have in my head is a sort of advanced pinball machine, made out of expensive and heavy components :)

Giovani Tapini

I must say I'm surprised....

If the racks don't have feet, as well as castors, that probably means several hundred kilo's on each castor I guess a square inch or so making contact - that's a problem for the floor not just the castors, particularly if it is tiles on stations... They are probably lucky not to lose a water cooled rack into the subfloor, which may have taken a bit more aggressive winching to recover :)

I like the fact they had to send someone with eyes to look at it - I my world we have cameras that look at the racks and aisles to save on meatwork :)

I do like the mantra that incidents should be novel too - now if only that would creep from the infrastructure people to the application people the world will be a better place !

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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Re: No good enough!

Whats the difference between potato, egg, and ellipsoid … I am now getting very confused

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team

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Re: Banking isn't really a highly computational process

Agreed, payments is one of the few areas where real-world performance is a critical issue.

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Re: Optimise for readability

And as, an apparently old-school, developer, I also agree. Writing for maintenance and future change, is often best over absolute performance.

I have experimented with the reverse on one of my teams, where they had literally no idea how my code worked to produce the same results.

Absolute performance is only necessary in the system space, not at application level in most cases.

Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

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Re: Yay!

Don't celebrate too soon, check your running services in task manager... :)

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

Giovani Tapini

Re: Token Ring in the early '90s?

Company I was working for in that era was largely token ring. This was driven by the glacial pace of getting mainframe people to believe there were other technologies in the organisation other than their own, along with a substantial remainder of dumb terminals.

Eventually the critical mass changed and Ethernet was installed once enough PC's and desktop emulators were rolled out. Cue big bag of Baluns to confuse the position further and trying to run both at once...

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Re: Wrong lesson

Probably a lot of people at college testing their own rings...

I heard somebody say: Burn baby, burn – server inferno!

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I've been there

DC1 aircon failure - larger room-v hot - circa 45C went round site collecting desk fans, propping open fire doors, shutting stuff down..

DC2 aircon failure - small server room - room so hot you couldn't stand in it (probably 60C or more - we couldn't tell) reached in with hand wrapped in jumper to flick off switch - prop doors open. Probably lucky nothing caught fire in this one.... boot floppies melted into drives.. far more tricky to recover...

Probably should have just ordered beer and changed into shorts...

Windows Dressing: Psst... Fast Ring folks, whispers Microsoft. You're in this for the cool icons, right?

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Re: lipstick

oi Bozza…

to err is human, but to really fuck up, you need a computer