* Posts by Multivac

76 publicly visible posts • joined 15 May 2018


GitLab pulls U-turn on plan to crank up usage telemetry after both staff and customers cry foul


I am/was a self confessed Gitlab fan boy, I spent a week sniggering when Microsoft bought Github. But then Goldman Sachs invested in Gitlab and it became obvious which way this was going. I guess it's just what happens, you develop some great software, you attract the attention of the big money, get dazzled by the bright lights and gala luncheons and sell your soul to a corporate bank.... or Microsoft.... or Google...... or Amazon..... But I guess that then creates the space for the new upstarts to come up with a better idea.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?


Re: Yet another....

Or Windows 7, Windows 9, Windows 10, Skype and Office 365... think there were a few dodgy browsers too... Oh and Azure.

Brexit jitters fingered as UK consumer PC sales collapse


If you see a drop in sales in anything across the EU that's one thing, if you see sales remaining stable but only dropping in one country then it's another. So in this case you look at what's going on in the country that has the anomalous drop and look to see if there is anything that might explain it. Pretty much everything in our news is related to Brexit so it's not a massive leap of the imagination to immediately blame that.

You might well then do further research and interview someone like me who says:

I work for a global company who is obliged to keep large amounts of HR and financial data as well as our email servers within the EU, if we leave the EU then there is a big chance all of that and my job will have to relocated back into the EU, so no, my credit card is staying in my wallet and my laptop is going to have to keep going until I know what the future holds.

2 weeks till Brexit and Defra, at the very least, looks set to be caught with its IT pants down


No one thinks it's going to actually happen so they're not doing anything to prepare for it, in the unlikely event of it happening then the worse it happens the sooner it's likely to unhappen so again, doing nothing is the best way to prepare!

Not a great day for Oracle: Top cloud exec jumps ship, analyst recommends cutting shares


Why would anyone poach an exec from Oracle? That's like poaching the accounting staff from Enron!

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates


I installed virtualbox on my Win 10 laptop and then created an Ubuntu (other distros are available) virtual machine on it which I do all my work on, I use portable apps to backup that virtual disk to a USB drive so when my laptop borks after an update or just overheats because Windows defender has gone mental, I just get a spare off the desktop IT guys, install virtualbox and carry on. It's a great way to isolate yourself from a lot of problems and makes the device you're working on disposable.

Billionaire Buffett's Berkshire liquidates $2.1bn stake in Oracle – months after buying the shares


They bought and ran down Sun Microsystems pretty comprehensively, you never hear of Solaris these days and other then those gawd awful Exa systems we rarely hear anything about the hardware.

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks



Looks like the Tor project is going to suddenly become very popular!

That or small AWS servers in the US owned by British residents who configure them as proxies, this is also a good way to avoid the blocks on non GDRP compliant sites.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Never had any problem with systemd, took a bit of learning and experimenting but once you have the basics nailed it's loads better that init scripts, it's definitely not the rocket science it's made out to be by some of the comments on here.

Need continuous Kubernetes satisfaction? CloudBees has just the thing


Jenkins, seriously, of all the CI/CD tools out there it's probably the worst.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Re: Windows 10 is broken

Why would they, they have your money and they know you'll be installing Windows 11 as soon as it's out, they've been doing the exact same thing since Windows 98 and why change a massively successful business model?


Am I missing something here?

History of Windows:

Windows 95 - This is cool, excited about Windows 98.

Windows 98 - This is rubbish, can't wait for Windows 2000.

Windows 2000 - This is really rubbish, so looking forward to Windows ME replacing this junk.

Windows ME - OMG this is rubbish, please please please release Windows XP.

Windows XP - This almost works, we may be heading in the right direction at last.

Windows Vista - We'll just stick with XP until Windows 7 comes out..

Windows 7 - Well it's better then Vista?

Windows 8 - This is so bad we're going to need an 8.1 before we even consider looking forward to Windows 9.

Windows 8.1 - It'll work as a sticking plaster until Windows 9 comes out.

Windows 9 - hello, hello, is anyone there?

Windows 10 - Where'd my Windows 8.1 go, and why did everything stop working after the update?

And at no point did anyone think, is there an alternative to Windows that just works?

Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU


Presumably there is going to be a git agent shipped on all future versions of Windows that works with Github but oddly won't work with Gitlab?

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court



..... could someone please tell the dude in the picture for this article that if they pop a bit of tape over their web cam they could probably take that balaclava off.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it


"With NASA highly unlikely to allow any astronauts to fly aboard the Soyuz until a full investigation is complete" Read that very carefully, it says nothing about Roscomos not flying cosmonauts up to the ISS!

and as yet we've not heard is ESA will stop their astronauts flying.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio


Oh FFS.....

Work laptop updated the other day, wireless keep dropping out, fan is thrashing like a hair dryer.

UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off


Re: O.M.G

You reminded me of the time I was on a conference call with a Scottish sales rep from IBM and my Indian boss (who had lived in the US for many years). My boss could not understand a word the IBM guy said so I had to mute my phone and type what he was saying into skype so my boss could have the conversation.



If they are hoping to use US-based support techs on Visa's they may be in for a shock, I work for a US company and we're providing desks for a load of Indian support techs have been exiled here with expired H-1B's.

Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks


Try patching an Exadata once a month LOL

It takes almost a month to get an Oracle Exadata back up and running after Oracle themselves patch it, if we patched it every month we'd never get to use it!

Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared


Gartner buzz word bingo

The only way to get through your CIO's quarterly lecture!

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail


They didn't need it, everyone has a smart phone right? Just go to https://www.gatwickairport.com/flights/?type=departures .

If everyone is carrying their own screens around then you you have an airport full of redundancy, different phones, different OS's using different network providers.

Python wriggles onward without its head


Re: Now seems like the perfect time...

I'd wait for 4!

2FA? We've heard of it: White hats weirded out by lack of account security in enterprise


Re: 2FA? 2 sweet FA!

It kinda renders us 0fa which was my point.


2FA? 2 sweet FA!

My company rolled out 2FA, now when you log in it sends a text message with a code you have to enter.

But it sends you the message to the mobile phone you're using to login.

The very same mobile that has your password cached on it.

And the very same phone that if you hold it up to the light you can see the the X or Z shape that people use to unlock their phones.

So 2FA is actually less secure than simply disabling password caching, you get the phone, you get the access.

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage


Re: Predictive Fuckups

Wow, there was me thinking I'd been clever by putting "sudo apt-get update" in cron!

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit


I'm up for a bit of civil unrest

If I lose my job as a result of brexit then I'll be right round my retired parents house with their now homeless grand children demanding my old room back on the grounds that they voted for this situation, that, I can promise you, is not going to end well!

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


...... and physicists

It's down to you to stop atoms being weaponized and chemists you do the same for chemicals!

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

"Until Intel get their act together and release stable fixes" yeah I was in the same place in 2003, then I moved to Linux, glad to hear the last 15 years haven't been wasted hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones


I have this horrible trick in interviews where I ask people who claim to be AWS or Azure certified some of the questions from the certification exam, its a quick way to figure out who paid a ringer to go and sit the exam for them.

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach



Bunch of badly treated employees working for a company they despise managed my career managers who have no idea and directors who cream of any cash they can. And people wonder how this could affect the quality of their work!

Oracle cuts ribbon on distributed ledger service


Look, look, I'm punching myself in the face!

Blockchain makes perfect sense in an organisation that has loads of distributed IT hardware all on an internal network. But when it's implemented by a company that can't even produce a firmware patch that won't take down your entire business you'd have to be some serious kind of masochist!

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no



I really don't need to say any more than that do I!

For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull


Does your blockchain project have a token/coin?

1. Yes - it's probably bull.

2. No - it'll probably work.

Oracle wants to improve Linux load balancing and failover


Stop fiddling with other peoples stuff

There are many different scenarios that may cause you to have to fail over, this addresses just one of those scenarios. If Oracle could maybe put a little more effort into updating their applications to be more HA then we’d likely get a heck of a lot more of those scenarios covered.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look



..... Github, is that still going?

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle


I have literally sat under my desk on a telephone call because the team that sit next to me were making so much noise, think they were getting excited over the previous nights Great British Bake off or something. One of my employers office buildings is also 100% hot desk with unbookable meeting rooms, the marketing types love it but it's really depressing watching all the technical people walking round with arm fulls of books looking for a quiet corner every morning. I tend to work from home 2 days a week now just so I can get a solid 2*8 hours of work in every week.

Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms


I didn't send you that cock pic, honest, it was my phone!

This is a very elaborate setup to get someone high up in Samsung off the hook for sending a cock picture to one of their colleagues.

The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought


Re: Charge by wire

Need a Seiko wank wind mechanism.

While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued


Re: bugger the mouse

Am I the only one who found it weirdly satisfying scraping the build up of compacted fluff of the rollers?

Google Cloud CEO admits: Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs


Microsoft buy GitHub and everyone moves to GitLab.

Google or Amazon will buy GitLab or make a hostile takeover of GitLab in 2020 when it's IPO is targeted.

I will create GitVac ready for 2020 and then sell it to whichever of Google or AWS lost out on the GitLab takeover while having MultiGit ready as a startup for all the non commercial developers looking for a home.

Then my friends, all you code are belong to me mwahahaha!

New Python update slithers into release


Re: A truly epic xkcd...

There's an updated one where all the arrows point to the word Go.

USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle


All the disadvantages of a tablet coupled with all the disadvantages of a laptop, without a keyboard, then go and install Skype LOL!

GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep


Re: Next Month's Le Reg Story

Gitlab have been very public about their intended IPO on the 18th of November 2020, it's on their website https://about.gitlab.com/strategy/#sequence- .

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design


They have been the world leaders in quantum computers for years, even as far back as Windows 2000 the OS was both working and not working simultaneously.

CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst



CIO's want more dinners at fancy restaurants, tickets to shows and corporate golf tournaments before they'll consider Oracle cloud.

Because we all know how this works, when the CIO's agree with the technical people they employ you know some dodgy shizzle's going down.

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images


Maybe I'll sue too

Google keeps associating me with some account on pornhub..... oh, hang on..... forget that.....

Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine


Pretty standard for a US company

We have a forced ranking system, top 10% get a pay rise, middle 80% get a token pay rise, bottom 10% get put on a performance plan and get the boot 12 months later or as soon as the company feel they can do it without getting sued. You should see out management structure though, it's a thing of beauty, it must have been based on the design for the Eiffel tower it even has a dotted line lattice work!


Re: sustainable, clean energy

It does until it goes wrong and you send a massive radioactive cloud over half the planet, what would really be useful is if you could build a massive nuclear reactor somewhere far away, maybe 150 million km away or there abouts, then use some sort or receiver on earth to collect that energy.

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix


Would it be at all possible to ........

.....fix that bug where when you try and use it to open a web browser or open a word document or something and it seems to be very very busy doing something clearly very very important while completely ignoring any of those things I'm trying to do.