* Posts by Plest

18 posts • joined 6 Feb 2020

Worldpay stops turning in the UK, leaving trail of thoroughly miffed retailers and customers

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"driven by an equipment change issue"

I love that, I'm using that one next time!

So usual stuff, weekend upgrade change request was tested badly ( if at all ) when it went through UAT and when customers actually used it on Monday morning the system fell apart.

This morning we saw a certain well known bank did some upgrades on their SFTP servers over the weekend, they replayed old files from last month through amd left them in place, we nearly double processed our data if our autoprocess checks hadn't caught them when they came through!

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB


We offer you more space...

...so we have more of your info to have a good nose through.

Seriously, did you think we were doing you any favours by giving you more space?!

Honey, I built the app! Amazon's beta no-code dev platform is great for ad-hoc stuff, but not much else – yet


Alright but...

I think it was Tom Kyte that said, "The second you do anything in a generic fashion, you suffer the worst effects of everything bad in a tool and the least benefit of anything good it has.". That's stuck with me for many years.

You can only offer so many options when you put low/no-code solutions together, I think for someone who has no coding skills, very little time and can't afford a coder these tools suffice but people have to simply make do with the limitations. I tried this tool and I'm sure someone will find it useful but it's much like "PowerBI lite", a simple app for simple needs to display biz data.

Usable but can't see much future that PHBs in meeting rooms waving about the apps they've "written" themselves!

China's internet watchdog freezes 10 too-trashy online video services before they undermine socialism

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Good on them!

No, not for the clamping down on freedom obviously.

Applause for attempting to raise the intellectual level of media consumption. Given the mindless shit spewing out of such platfrms as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, et all and 95% of the internet, I can only give the Chinese government a thumbs up for doing something that might actually raise the IQ of the populace a few notches by stopping people sucking on the media sump-pump! I can only hope they drive people off the internet and down to their local bookshop or library...or wait we closed all those 20 years ago!

Maze ransomware gang threatens to publish sensitive stolen data after US aerospace biz sensibly refuses to pay


Re: And in the Other Corner we have ..........

Throw a few references to Brexit and the handling of COVID-19 and you got yourself big old Daily Fail NIMBY style rant going there my friend!

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo


Here's a an option, go retro!

There's a huge second-hand market in retro games. I buy Sony Playstation Portable games from eBay, I have two old PSP systems I use to copy off the games to ISOs and then I play them through an emulator on my Sansung tablet and PC. Alright it's not exactly the right side of "larry law" but the console is long dead and I buy the original software boxed. The games cost me anywhere from £1 for a disc only to £10 max for a boxed games instead of the £60/each for a single title on the latest console. I've started buying N64 and Sega Megadrive systems and games, I couldn't afford them when they came out, now I can and you can get dozens of games for the same price as single game for the latest kit.

Retro means you get tons of games, hours of great, well tested gameplay all at great prices.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'


FFS! "CONTEXT", people, context.

The word slave is valid, it's inanimate object that does the bidding of another component. It is not a living, thinking, caring being with feelings, it's a piece of mechanical hardware or software that will never sentient ( we hope! ) and therefore will never need rights.

What's worse is that this is all white-privileged people coming up with a lot of this nonsense, tyring to impose their sense of guilt on others, and further more for people of colour is also seen as incredibly patronising. Gwyneth Paltrow schmoozing a woman of colour. I find it far more offensive and patronising to go arounf being offended on others behalf. People of colour have been repressed for hundreds of years, they don't need patronising behaviour from over-privileged, sanctimonious white people. What they want is for society to change for the better so the skin colour is meaningless, we can all then just go on with our lives as just people..

No denying the US slave trade was one of the worst acts of human babarity ever perpetrated, while we have the standard of living that may have come from the proceeds, none of us took part. Slavery continues to this day, we must fight to stamp it out and ensure everyone is free but making silly gestures like renaming a file pointer will not help. It is patronising, pointless and makes the developer look rather stupid.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it



I love Apple for this very reason...

"Oooh look how great we are, we love making the world a better place with our superb technology. You're so empowered by choosing from us...providing you have the required disposable income of course!".

The second it breaks what's Apple's response? "If it's a current model and you have AppleCare, sure we'll fix it. You mean it's 4 years old?! My God that's at least 2 generations out of date! You need to throw that old piece of crap on a barge full of other e-waste crap that's heading to some third-world nation that deal with this stuff and immediately get on the website and buy a new model! Easy payment terms up to 2 years ( 'cos that's the longest you should be keeping your Apple kit! ) makes sure you can keep feeding the Apple machine."

Having had a my rant I do have two 2008 iMac's still going strong in my family and a 2013 mabook that's serving a family member doing their A-levels. I also have a 6 year old Samsung tablet that's still going strong. So while I hate the idea of e-waste being dumped on some poor bugger's doorstep some kit, if it's looked after well, does give good service.

25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill


Re: Still use Delphi

Admirable and sure I do subscribe to the "if it ain't broke" mindset but come on, this is just asking for trouble.

I've lost count of the number of times I've put systems on life support because app owners and devs won't move on. We still have a system where I work that's running Oracle v7, Informix and Solaris 8, due one application that 3 users in the company demand we keep running. We're completely unsupported and only 2 people know how to keep it running now. The company that supplies the app went out of business 6 years ago and it took 3 months to get our hands on the source code so we can store it just in case we need to ever try to recompile it!

Things needs to move on, stupidly keeping legacy code and apps around just for the sake of it and denying yourself access to the latest tech is just narrow minded and to my mind, selfish to those who have to support it when it starts to crumble.

I learned to write DOS batch code back around 1986, I loved seeing how far I code push batch code. The largest DOS batch script I wrote was around 2000 lines long and controlled the company's main overnight batch processing. These days I use Powershell and C# to write batch processes on a 3,000 server MS shop. Powershell is incredible and so adaptable, comparing batch to powershell is like comparing the first boneshaker bicycle to a modern 750cc bike.

Things change, don't change for the sake of it of course but there are good reasons to change and move on, take advantage of the latest developments and the latest tech is designed to allow you to save time and spend more time learning fun new stuff. I'd rather write a 10 line Powershell script that let's me deal with 750 windows hosts in a single call rather than fight with 250 line VB or batch scripts and hours of wrangling.

You want a Y2K crash? FINE! Here's a poorly computer


Here's the thing...

We did all the Y2K work, we made sure we're OK as most systems store dates in UTC, or floats, larg ints, whatever, however most are only safe until 2036. Now around 1999 the year 2036 is yonks away and we'll all be long gone from IT by then.

Well my dears...the beloved UK Gov has seen fit to ensure that no one is ever allowed to retire, they will keep working until they drop dead no matter what age. So there it a very real possibility that quite a few of us who's first few jobs encompassed dealing with Y2K will still be working in IT jobs when Y2036 hits us. There's a lot of old kit and Windows 7, 2000, 98 ( to name just 3 O/Ss ) are not dying as fast as they should.

15 years to go and a shed load of overtime I see in the distance! Ker.....ching!!!!

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept


All this because users can't handle a red warning sign!

Put it this way, would you install your own gas applicances? 99% of us wouldn't, we're simply not qualified you need that GAS-Safe certification to install gas applicances because they're dangerous. Alright you won't die if your router lets bad guys in but you could well find your bank account empty and a month or two of fighting to get your life back on track, all becuase some prat in a PR dept thinks they can flog you network kit you don't have the foggiest clue how to install.

Having said thet basic networking is not hard though, an hour or two on some good websites and very basic ipv4 networking is not hard to understand. I taught the basics of IPv4 networking to my 80 year old father, alright he's been a boiler room techie all his life so it's used to learning technical systems, but he was clueless about how it worked at first. Now he can do basic fault diagnosis on his net connected kit, understands the basics of what DHCP and DNS is, how to work within a simple class-C network setup. Just enough to get by when he buys a new gadget. I'm the worst teacher in the world and he's my Dad, most tech discussions end in us raising our voices but we licked this one.

My advice is to re-purpose old kit. I have 2 Netgear routers, they about 6 years old and both running DD-WRT. I'll never buy new router kit again, buy second hand off "fleaBay" knowing it'll run DD-WRT. I'm recycling old kit and doing my little bit for the environment, I save money on net kit and I don't get mornic cack like the latest sec issues affecting my net kit the second I put it in like this fiasco all 'cos Netgear PR team think everyone should be playing with their home networks even though they don't understand how they work.

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Ermmm, they have USB ports you know.

My wife has an iMac and she has an MS USB 102 keyboard plugged in as she prefers the clunkier keys over that slim nonsense that comes with Apple kit. The Windows key gets auto-mapped to the CMD key on an Apple keyboard, and Left-ALT is mapped to OPT and you're sorted!

I wish people would stop making life hard.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

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Ghostbusters reference sneaked in there!

Bull Murry's line about cats and dogs, classic!

Oi! You got a loicence for that Java, mate? More devs turn to OpenJDK to swerve Oracle fee


Re: licence

As my kids would say, much to my annoyance, "You been triggered, man!".

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password


Stop stupid devs cow-towing to moronic users incompetence!

The problem is that I've been on websites, forced to sign up, got my password manager to generate a random 20 char password only to be told the password must be 10 chars or less and can only contain alphas and basic ASCII punc marks like underscore and pound!

You know why don't you? People who who do NOT use password managers walk around with one password in their head and the site managers don't need the grief everytime 90% of their user base forget's it's password.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


Answer - Baby's sippy-cups!

Buy the pilots sippy-cups, the sort you give to toddlers to stop them spilling their drinks!

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80


Re: It's been way more than a decade...

You've obviously not ever worked in finance industry lately!

There are way too many price vendor agencies that only deal in FTP service to provide, what I will grant is public price info, but it's still quite shocking. I've converted more of our client processes from SFTP to FTP in the last 12 months though, no doubt a consequence of GDPR but it's still pretty bad out there.

Google, YouTube, Twitter tell face-rec upstart Clearview to stop harvesting people's content – that's their job



I love how even if you've locked down your Hue network to a local subnet, they can still drive-by and infect a node independently and then infect the network. So the only answer is to switch off all your lights and sit in the dark until they patch this? Nice one!

I have my Hue system on a closed network but with auto-updates and yet I notice my genuine Hue bulbs still have not had any patches since January last year, the hub was updated 22-Jan this year. So despite this problem being known about for a week or two Philips still have not issued any workable patches.

I love the convenience of having software controlled lights, saving money my leccy bill is my main driver, but do I need to now start installing firewalls and isolating my lights onto their own VPN, looks like it.


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