I thought it was "A hand on the bird is not as good as two in the bush" ;)
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Reminds me of the time a previous employer in the early 2000's sent an all staff message from one of the bosses or CEO, with a large attachment. Think it was a TIFF file or something that should have been a JPG or more optimal format. Was a multi-site company with hundreds of staff, and the WAN link at the head office where the mail server lived was only 4 megabit or similar. Took a long time for everyone to download that message.
Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world
Strap an engine to it, and turn the ISS into a space ship instead. Or even pop it in orbit around the moon or mars or something. Could even just fill it with supplies, or fuel, for easy access to them while building a moon base etc.
I'm guessing radiation shielding and serviceability then start to become issues if it remains inhabited away from the earth's magnetic field.
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The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer
Intel sues former staffer for allegedly stealing Xeon cloud secrets in USB drives and exploiting info at Microsoft
Tesla axes software engineer for allegedly pilfering secret Python scripts after just three days on the job
Where I work, anything cloudy is blocked, even if I take my work laptop home. USB sticks are also read only. OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud etc all blocked. Surprisingly Office 365 webmail still works, but not the admin portal.
No admin rights to install dropbox etc on workstations either. Would be pretty trivial to set up the same at Tesla surely?
Apologies for the wait, we're overwhelmed. Yes, this is the hospital. You need to what?! Do a software licence audit?
Surely you can just tell them to piss off? Do they actually have any right to enter your premises and perform an audit? Or take away valuable staff time to handhold vendors through the audit? Surely you can just say "too busy, go away", or some other excuse?
I used to work for an MSP, and customers would get audited occasionally and ask us to help, and it could take hours/days/weeks of stuffing around to track down licenses, work out staff counts etc, which the customer paid us for, and I doubt the vendor compensated them for.
BOFH: You might want to sit down for this. Oh, right, you can't. Listen carefully: THIS IS NOT AN IT PROBLEM!
China compromised F-35 subcontractor and forced expensive software system rewrite, academic tells MPs
Flash haters, rejoice! Microsoft releases tool to let you nuke Adobe's security horror before support ends
If you suddenly can't print to your HP Printer from your Mac, you're not alone: Code security cert snafu blamed
Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure
Re: UPS drained *real* quick.
This was the one:
A 16MW IC turbine synced incorrectly with a synchroscope. The generator section broke all the bolts holding it to the skid as well as the shaft and all wiring and conduit. The generator continued on its path out of the metal building it was housed in and slammed into another IC turbine in an adjacent building. I and the stupid operator were about 40 feet away at the control panel. Much noise flame shrapnel,smoke and arcing ensued.
No one was injured and it’s fortunate I didn’t have to run away like the operator did, cause my whole body was locked up watching this debacle. Wished I had a smartphone in 1982.
This event is rated by me as the third out of six dangerous events I have witnessed working at coal-fired and nuclear power plants. And second most damaging event related to grid syncing. I saw a step up transformer turn to plasma.
From a distance, the top level of the unit. I didn’t hear the explosion because I was somewhat near the safety relief valves.
I lost a bunch of dbs of hearing about then. Lots of J/cm. That unit no longer exists not but I bet the marks from my hand holding on to the guard railing were still there when they demoed the plant.
Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'
We have a couple of Efergy EGO smart wifi switches. Can turn them on and off remotely, and they also meter power, can see live power stats in the app, can set timers etc.
We use one for the stable lights, so they come off and on at a certain time. More reliable than the mechanical timer switches, as they don't have the time go out of whack when there is a power outage.
The other is hooked up to our electric fence energizer, so when I'm out in a paddock I can turn the fence off remotely and fix sections.
So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?
Re: Good for data-less phone plans
I work in a dark site too, no phones or smart watches etc allowed in. All staff phones get put in lockers at the entrance of the building. So the bluetooth option would see a hundred phones in near proximity, causing a ton of false alerts if one person got infected. But I like the bluetooth option as it is the least orwellian.
Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network
Back at MIT (not the good one, the other one in NZ) in late 90's I remember the PCs in the various labs has LS120 "superdrives" which took a standard floppy as well as 120MB disks. A bit like a zip drive.
Games were banned, but they obviously overlooked the fact that an install of Quake fit rather nicely on the LS120 disks.
Had many hours of fun playing against other students.
Whenever a lecturer or admin peeped into the room, many PCs would mysteriously reboot. They suspected it, but never caught us.
One time we heard them bounding down the hall towards the room in advance, in a vain attempt to try and catch us :)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz
Worked for a large enterprise customer in Newcastle (Australia). A lot of customers would co-lo their gear to a datacenter in the area, who also acted as an ISP with their own dark fibre network. We received a bunch of temperature warnings in the wee hours of the morning from our DR rack that was located at the datacenter, turns out the AC unit(s) had failed. AC tech couldn't get the replacement circuit board quickly, so he ended up propping every door open between the datacenter racks and the main entrance, and had a fan running. Bye bye security.
Was interesting seeing the various lies being spouted by the co-lo provider as they tried to cover it up lol
Fortunately our racks were closest to the entrance and survived, other customers such as banks and health insurance providers probably fared much more poorly though!
Re: Loved mine
I still have two Amiga 500s in the shed, I pull them out for nostalgia from time to time. Have a few boxes of game disks etc. All still working, surprisingly.
They have the 1 meg upgrade, external floppy drive and the composite video output adaptors too, so I have them hooked up to an old LCD TV.
Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space
I used to work for an Apple reseller back in the early/mid 2000's. Just before the Apple-branded stores started appearing. Repairs were a nightmare even back then, a lot more fiddly than regular PCs. Lots of tiny screws of varying lengths, bizarre procedures and tools to take the things apart, I can sort of agree with them to a certain degree about restricting repairs to trained people.
They got a bit restrictive towards the end, wanting serial numbers, board IDs and all sorts of stuff to be exactly correct on the part we were sending back. Other times we'd have something with an intermittent fault that kept being rejected when we sent it back. Tesla coil fixed that lol
Profit margins on sales and repairs was pretty poor towards the end too, expecting repairs to be done in unrealistic times. Glad I got out when I did.
Astroboffins spot the most energetic photons yet from gamma ray burst – and here's hoping Earth is right in the way of the next one
I always thought the contractor thing was odd. I did it once, it paid a shitload of money but you had no sick leave or holiday leave, and could be dismissed at any moment. I was contracted via a recruitment company, they had some sort of payroll company set up, so I technically worked for that.
I think the contract thing is so they can allocate the bill to various departments, all my work had to be marked as Capital, not business as usual etc.
I have accumulated a stack of half a dozen potato clocks over my years working for various MSPs and enterprises. All were replaced due to calendar life or failed batteries, so I take them home and put in fresh batteries and power my rack with them. I had a 5kVA one pop and let out the magic smoke. Similar story a few years later with a 3kVA one. I've now put another 3kVA one in place, but I've cobbled together a homemade giant battery pack for this one, 48V, using every SLA battery I could find. What could possibly go wrong...
I must say the runtime is now excellent, but I fear for the lifespan of the charger inside the unit.
I think the best learnings from it all would be to have two potato clocks installed, one per power supply/PDU, at no more than 30% load per unit. Allowing for 60% load if one pops, and preferably have each UPS on a different switchboard circuit.
The FCC has finally, finally approved a half-decent plan to destroy the robocall scourge... but there's a catch
Malware spotted doing unspeakable, filthy things to infected Macs – injecting Bing results into Google searches
I had some friends return to Australia (240V) from the USA (110V) and they gave me a large CRT monitor for the computer.
Silly me went and immediately plugged it in (in the garage fortunately), and was rewarded with a very large plume of white acrid smoke, with a scent of melted plastic. It didn't trip anything, but I immediately unplugged it. The garage stank for weeks afterwards. I later found the helpful 110V sticker on the back, and there was no 240V switch.