* Posts by Plest

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Reason 3,995 to hold off on that Windows 11 upgrade: Iffy performance on AMD silicon

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Re: “hold off from that Windows 11 upgrade”

Well indeed, it's been out for the public for 3 days!

Anyone who's worked in IT for more than 5 mins knows you never, ever install a GA release of any software, you just never do it. Always, always wait for the second major patch set then start playing in dev/UAT, check and go to prod once UAT clears testing.

Alrigh, overkill for a home O/S maybe but at least hold off for a couple of weeks until the serious patches are out.

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Re: "Not so bad"

"Anal Gamers", don't you just love them?

They'll spend more time on the Steam forum arguing about some minor technical issue in hardware with 3 other people than actually playing the damn game they just paid £65 for!

These are people who've never played the simple 8 bit micro games back in the day, they'd appreciate what we had to suffer in the bad old days. Me and the missus play games but so long as we get 30fps at 1900x1200, we get to see blood spurts when we stab/shoot the bad guys, we get at minimum £1/hour playtime out of our game purchases and we have fun then we're happy bunnies!

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Re: Good to see

MS has done sod all testing!!

Like every software company they simply throw it out into the wilds and get paying users to test it and report back, maybe fix the bugs and release patches over the next 6 years!

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps

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GEM had to be simple by design as there weren't the resources, so you had to code very tightly.

Today's whippersnapper, 64GB PC devs with 16GB graphics cards and 48" monitors should be forced code on Atari 2600 for 6 months to learn how to conserve every last bit of memory and CPU cycle. When you're writing code that has to work with the TV's scan rate cycle, that's bare-knuckle coding at the coalface not 17 layers down 6 frameworks!

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Re: No Hope ?

What's the bloody point in having any security in Windows? The first time average Joe gets on it, they'll log straight into "Faceslap" and broadcast half their bloody life story every day!

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Re: "design paradigms from those devices could successfully carry over into a new Start"

"embracing softer geometry and more modern metaphors"

I did that and the wife caught me, the sofa did not offer a comfortable night's kip!

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W11 core footprint is minimum 60GB, Lord only knows what's in there! I have a Raspberry PI zero that runs on an O/S footprint that's so small it almost makes my old ZX Spectrum proud!

User to chatbot: Help! My kid has COVID! Chatbot to user: Always wear a condom

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This world is doomed!

This is what happens when those who don't know what level real AI truly is at right now and order developers to hook up some crappy psuedo-AI to a chatbot, you get very dangerous results like this. Not everyone is smart and questions advice, some people don't know better and will follow whatever advice they get, especially from an online system.

If people are stupid enough to drink diluted bleach to wash away COVID when it says it was a "medical expert" on social media, they're not going to question an expert AI chatbot!

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Hmmmm

Moronic PHBs who think AI is at the level of Deep Thought from HHGTTG?!

Want to check out Windows 11 but don't want to buy a new PC? Here's how to bypass the hardware requirements

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Even better....don't bother yet!

Face it, it's GA release so it's going to be a bug riddled mess for at least the next 3 months, wait for various critical fixes to come out before you even bother with it!

The only people who want to try it are:

- Cretins who want simply state they're using Win11 at home on their 5 follower social media feeds

- Tech Reporters who have to review it as they drew the short straw

Win10 works and is supported for the next few months, seen it on MSDN for download on Monday evening but I can wait thanks.

Facebook rendered spineless by buggy audit code that missed catastrophic network config error

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Shame...

What a shame my daughter couldn't WhatsApp pictures of her and her mates getting pissed during "Fresher's Week" at Uni to her other mates at other unis.

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Re: locked out by their own system

Given that it's "Facecrap" I had images of 5 nerdy engineers with glasses banging on the glass frontdoor of the datacentre while 2 security guards laugh at them from the desk just inside.

Finally one of the engineers calls his manager, who in turn calls Zuck to come down and sign the visitors book as the only authorised manager allowed onsite, there then follows a heated exchange between Zuck and guards about letting "friends" into the comms room....

...4 hours later the engineers finally get in and start rebooting stuff, however it takes longer than normal as there's only one KVM/monitor every row of racks!

Oracle loses appeal against $3bn payment to HPE over withdrawal of Itanium support

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Re: I needed some good news this morning...

They get fined $3bn I'm making one guess where they will recover it from! Prepare for license hikes anywhere where an Oracle product is lurking including behind a lot of AWS backended cloud services.

While I like to see Larry's firm take a spanking, I'd put the champagne on ice for a while yet!

REvil customers complain ransomware gang uses backdoors to filch ransoms

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Re: Just goes to show

If you can't trust scambag malware authors who can you trust these days?

Back in my day when Ronnie and Reggie were about, you could leave your door open all the time. Never mind that they were vicious, unfeeling shitbags with zero morals, they did love their Mum though!

The world is going to hell in a hand cart!

Give put-upon infosec bods professional recognition to keep them working for you, says chartered institute

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Everyone forgotten about the glut of MSCEs in the mid-90s when MS server software started to get popular? Everyone had MSCE qualifications, so much so that they were worth absolutely bugger all.

When I was studying for some certs I found a nice little underground network of sites that would trade in the answer sheets to major certs. Anyone taking a cert would record the questions/answers every time for others and they'd build up a answer sheets that would rise in value the more questions were added and more accurate the answers. In the end all you needed to do was hang out long enough and just grab the crib sheets, sign up the for online exams and bingo you can do 8-10 certs a month with 90%+ scores and passes!

I decided at that point that all certs, except physically adjudicated ones, were absolutely fricking worthless and the exams are just money spinners for the companies selling the original software the certs are for.

If it's going to rain within the next 90 mins, this very British AI system can warn you

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Hmm, here's my solution.

I went up the woods and got some pine cones for free off the ground....I've saved myself £2m quid in Uni research grants to know when it's gonna rain!

AWS Lambda was already serverless, now it can be x86-less too

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Re: Serverless?

Perpective is everything.

Let's call it "serverless" with quotes as we can't see under the curtain, if that makes you feel better.

AWS US East region endures eight-hour wobble thanks to 'Stuck IO' in Elastic Block Store

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Re: "Sometimes it's hard to find the silver lining"

Really?!

Do you really install an O/S off a DVD these days? The speeds are bloody awful, get a £5 USB fob off Amazon and dump the ISO into that, you can have Windows installed clean in less than 15 mins, heck I installed OSX ( 8GB O/S ) in under 25 mins from USB stick.

You do know that USB-C can also be used to drive HDMI video right? USB is not for crappy little keyfobs for a few Word docs. My wife runs triple-A games from Steam off an attached USB drive, so don't use the missing optical drive as an excuse to have a pop at "the cloud"!

How long till some drunkard puts a foot through one of BT's 'iconic, digital smart city communication hubs'?

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We cannot have nice things! We've proved it.

We had a new rain shelter down my local train station about 3 years ago. Some absolute bellend thought that putting 12 panes of safety glass, yes glass, into a metal frame in the shape of an upside down "J" would be a good idea. It's safety glass rain shelter, perfectly safe and vandal proof. Wrong!!!

My area is in the depths of Hertfordshire, not exactly a hub of gang crime or urban unrest. Well it took the bored youth and drunks 72 hours, yes just 3 days, to find objects to smash every single pane of safety glass and leave a lovely huge pile of little nuggets of glass and an empty frame making it useless as a rain shelter. They replaced the panes with clear plastic ( 4 weeks later! ) and shock, it's actually still there albeit covered in scratches and grafitti but still works as a shelter.

This was a rain shelter, no electrics, just a metal frame with some clear panes to keep the rain and wind out and it was busted in a couple of days. Now stand up a plastic tent with some screens and seats, I reckon these BT tents will last around 5-10 mins max!

Ransomware crims saying 'We'll burn your data if you get a negotiator' can't be legally paid off anyway

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Re: Backups

So what you're saying is that it's "risk vs cost".

That is IT in a single phrase, day in and day out for me for the last 40 years. Every day it's "We do the expensive thing that will have all the bells and whistles....OR you can have the cheap thing that will suffice but comes with a lot of caveats!". Worst case there's always Fred in the corner who can kick the case when it plays up to keep the "Techo El-Cheapo"(tm) solution going until the expensive one becomes cheap enough to replace the current pile of crap.

Well surprise, surprise! The PHB and the board want the cheap one 'cos IT is a dirty black hole of spend, spend, spend and nothing in return. GIve me a call when your online biz and emails servers fall on their arse and then we'll talk about the value of "risk vs cost"!

Oracle sets its own JDK free, sort of, for a while

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Shame but that's progress

I loved learning Java about 15 years ago. I'd always found it hard to get my head around learning languages, they always seemed to glib and vague and then here was a language that demanded I do things a certain way, if I made mistakes it would admonish me and refused to play with me. Kind of like like learning to program with a dominatrix! Ha ha! Did some really nice little projects with it and enjoyed it.

Then Oracle started putting their foot down and it felt like it wasn't worth sticking with Java any longer, I moved on, first to Python and dabbled in C++ but I've now settled on Go. Sure it's backed by another nasty huge mega-corp and it's got a lot things missing and "real developers" hate Go but as a sysadmin who just codes utiltiies it suits me and after such a long time I'm finally having fun coding again.

So I know Java is going nowhere soon and it taught me some solid OOP fundamentals ( as in putting the fun back into fundalmentalism! ) I think it's deathrow is in sight on the horizon.

Facebook building 'on-demand executable file format' that self-inflates using homebrew compression

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Re: RLE

Given the latest revelation that FB has 5.8 million VIPs on a whitelist to whatever they liked without caring about FBs terms and conditions, I think if you don't have an account don't get one, if you have get rid of it and tell your friends and family that you all need to move to something that isn't a cesspit of pond scum that is FB.

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Re: I still remember this well from the C64

Just what I was thinking. If FB wants to learn about packing get some of those coding/hacking groups from the 80s/90s in to teach these guys how to "hack, crack 'n pack" something.

Those guys were incredible, they could take games with 100+ files over 2 floppies, pack them down into a single executable file that ran off 500kb without the need for any temp unpack space, all done in memory, in real time on CPUs with a fraction of the power in a modern phone.

Microsoft releases new Windows 11 builds, confirms running on an Apple M1 'is not a supported scenario'

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Too much effort...

Just when you think everything is finally settling down and getting along we get Apple only running ARM now, MS only runs Windows if you have mobo made in the last 2 years!

When Apple announced M1 kit I was on the brink of buying a Mac. I liked the iMac I had about 10 years ago, it was a nice tidy piece of kit, you couldn't expand it obviously but it did the job. Then I wanted more horsepower and self-built tower was my only viable option.

I'm sure Win11 is a lovely, shiny, secure but I really can't be arsed to spend a week finding the right compatible components to run it. It took me 2 weeks to source the components for my current tower box, I haven't got the time to waste keeping MS happy. I'll just keep using Win10 until MS issue my set up with a "kill switch" and force me to shut down and finally switch to Linux once and for all.

Buy a cheap crapp laptop off eBay, install Linux and force myself to be happy with that! So sick of how fragmented the home computing market has got, it's like we're heading back to the early 1980s where no one wants to get along and they all have their own standards now!

Tech widens the educational divide. And I should know – I'm a teacher in a pandemic

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A bit of messy rushed cock-up at all levels

Problems on both sides, it was a huge rushed job, some teachers and students go on OK others did not. Some kids can be left to so stuff on their own and some not.

My daughter was one of a handful who loved being home, being left alone to just get on with the work without a load of noise and classroom racket, some days I didn't even know she was home or out as it was so quite upstairs! So many kids she knew didn't bother to hand it in, the school had to have sessions to herd all the kids and parents to tell them that there were X number of assignments that needed to be finished. My daughter said that most saw it as an extra long holiday, sit up until 3am playing games or binging Netflix, sleep through the online lessions with the camera off, put in the minimum work that afternoon, just enough to get by without getting caught.

A think a whole generation is going to be in a bit of a state after all this and the effect it had on their education, especially if they were lined up for exams during all this.

Global pandemic was good for business, say UK infosec pros – but we're still burning out

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Telling times

The post-pandemic effects and how we work with them will be felt for many months to come. This current era feels almost like living in that period that came after the Black Death several hundred years ago where there was a lot of change and choice in normal people's lives. We have seen more demand for certain things such as home tech support and in other areas we've cut down such as office food deliveries, just some silly examples.

I think the next 12-18 months will be a telling time on employers, will they stick to their promises of a bright, hybrid-working and supportive workplace or will they renege? During the post-Black Death period those who could move and knew enough to know what their labour was worth moved and got jobs that actually paid some small amount, as opposed to serfdom where you got nothing but a scrap of land that could barely support you.

Interesting times ahead methinks.

'It takes a hell of a mental toll' – techies who lost work due to COVID share their stories

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I don't think I could go through that, kudos to those that did.

I thank the stars that my shop had been working on remote working kit for for the last few years, when the lockdown came flipping 1,000 employees to remote working was done in 2 days. Incredible feat with the networks team working solid for 3 days with very little sleep to ease the whole company into lockdown at the beginning of 2020.

My shop has ramped up the need for IT and automation, we've lost some bodies along the way as the fat needed trimming off but projects have just been ramping up and the work has been on the rise. I get up every day, thankful I was spared the horrendous state so many have had to go through. I don't think I could have coped and it staggers me to see so many making it through and still going.

Here's raising one to those who made it through and have got on with their lives despite the trials of the last 18 months!

HashiCorp runs low on staff, calls a halt to Terraform pull requests

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So your post was not so much about Terraform or Hashicorp, more an excuse to spout your complete dislike of Golang and any company liek Hashicorp, that you consider daft enough to use it.

Academics tell UK lords that folk aren't keen on predictive policing, facial recognition, heightened surveillance

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Re: Me....or Peter Thiel?

We already know who you are. Please stay where you are and the authorities will with you shortly to take you for re-education. Please do not try to leave your current location.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter

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Kids find their own ways if they're available

Back in the late 1980s when first learned BASIC it was OK but my mate and I would head down to the woodwork/metalwork rooms at secondary school 'cos the teachers down there were doing C/C++ in their spare time and they had experience of microprocessor coding from uni courses they's done plus working with various programmable machines for wood/metal working. They had a couple of old PCs down in the woodwork offices and me and my mate would often go down lunchtimes and after school to spend time talking to those teachers, we learned way more real world knowledge about how code actually did things you could see and touch. We learned bits of x86/z80 assembly, C/C++ even a little Pascal!

Good times and set me and my mate on a course into coding and tech which I don't think would have happened if all we did was the dull BASIC langauge stuff we'd do in the computer classes. The computer class teacher was a good guy but he had to teach to the lowest common demoninator and that meant we'd be lucky to get 3 lines of BASIC coded in an single computing lesson some days as this was around 1986 and computing was so foreign to kids back then.

Fired credit union employee admits: I wiped 21GB of files from company's shared drive in retaliation

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Re: the data IS effectively the credit union

Once had an upper level PHB call the entire IT dept "The worst kind of financial black hole ever created within any company. All cost and no return!". Thanks to more savvy tech enabled PHBs, he didn't last longer than 18 months!

Unfortunately to most biz people IT is simply seen as taking all the cash and giving nothing back, wasting money on tech doo-dads and gizmos. OK, tell you what how about I switch off all the servers and routers at 9am today OR we give all the IT people the next 48 hours off, let's see how long the company can stay afloat shall we?

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Re: I did the same by accident...

Not knowing all the facts the only thing I can think of that was that when messing with storage, always consider suspending the DR/remote cloning processes until the work on the primary is complete so mistakes aren't replicated. Disabling such services and processes has saved me twice when I made a slight mistake that would have taken me hours to fix, it was able to fix my issue in about 20 mins, take a short walk to allow my heartrate to return to normal and actually sleep sound that night!

Docker Desktop no longer free for large companies: New 'Business' subscription is here

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Re: Could be the death of docker

It's a been a good ride, got some use out of Docker and still do but I use it for the usual suspects, MariaDB/Postgres DBs, Jenkins, RunDeck and Grafana. Stuff that's useful when you need to prototype some stuff or test out a some code. So much crap on the Hub and I can image only a tiny percentage is pulled over and over.

I think Docker will go on but will become irrelevant in the next few years when the next big thing comes along. I love Docker to bits but you always have to be ready to jump when time is called.

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Can't argue on the sizes, the local images registry gets pretty fat after just a few images are pulled.

Startup speed? You're talking BS, or the Docker host you have is way under spec'd. I have a 32Gb Windows box running 2 Ubuntu VMs in Virtualbox concurrenly with 12GB a piece. The VMs host Docker CE, I can spin up almost any docker image I already locally have inside 5-10 secs tops, that includes fat images like Jenkins or an RDBMS like Postgres that can easily demand 2-3GB memory footprints per container. That's the reason I like Docker, once you have the images on the box from the hub then spinning up and shutting down containers is mere seconds, way faster than trying to spin up VMs.

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Re: I work at a big company, but...

Or worse they expect you to just code whatever you need in a couple of hours, you have all that time now you're working from home! This then leads to fudges, kludges and botches or untested chunks of code that returns to bite the company in the arse a few months or years later. Still who cares, that's someone else's problem, right?

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat

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Still have my original, official Yggdrasil distro

Doing some clearing out of the spare room during lockdown I found my original first edition Yggdrasil distro booklet, CD and floppy disk media from 1992!

Yggdrasil was the first commercial live distro ever made released, a 30 page booklet with bootable floppies and the CD, if you had one of the handful of CD drives that were compatible back then. I remember a mate gave it to me after a visit to a tech show where it he'd bought it discount for £30, he didn't have to time to play with it so he lent it to me and I never gave it back.

A little piece of Linux history I'm proud to own!

Gartner Gartner on the wall, which is the hypest cycle of them all?

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The title says it all!

It's called the "Hype Cycle", that says all I need to know!

Right, back in the real world and get back to working on these old Windows2008R2/SQL Server 2012 boxes that the company won't let go of in case the ancient in-house app that keeps the company afloat stops working!

A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped

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So basically, no matter what we're all guilty and all screwed!

So they were right, 1984 and Minority Report are manuals and not works of fiction.

So despite minding my own business, always paying my way, never collecting a single penny in support from state since the age of 17 when I started working, always paying my taxes and generally keeping on the right side of the law I'm still basically screwed! I should expect a knock on my door in the next few months to be carted off to clinky for 15 years for something i didn't do, simply 'cos an AI firm has been employed by a lazy, cost cutting Gov, the crappy, "AI-lite" coded app that a child of 4 would be able to beat, will ruin mine and countless lives.

What a sorry and sad end to humanity as it's basically bends itself over the desk and manages to somehow roger itself through software into the apocalypse!

CentOS replacement AlmaLinux free on Azure, Microsoft to provide global network of mirrors

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FOSS is hilarious in a good way.

In the bad old days company X would buy out popular company Y and make some cash over a couple of years, or just abandon it.

Nowadays big FOSS company X buys out largish FOSS company Y and immediately the community forks the code and releases a workable product in less time that company X has to blink and consider how to make money from the acquisition! Loving MariaDB and Rocky.

Boston Dynamics spends months training its Atlas robots to perform one minute of parkour almost perfectly

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Scary

Boston Dynamics videos always bother me, their rather sci-fi looking droids always reek of "next step is the training of Skynet".

It's time to decentralize the internet, again: What was distributed is now centralized by Google, Facebook, etc

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Re: Bullshit article premise

"China, Russia and a cartel of Muslim countries"

Holy crap Enoch, you and Nick Griffin done there? I can't decide if you're very, very stupid or just very, very stupid!

Alibaba to offer self-defense training in response to sexual assault allegation

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So the only answer is to teach people to give a bloody good kicking?!

So violence is the answer? If someone makes a completely inappropriate remark or action, the answer is to kick them in the nads while in the company kitchen and walk off? FFS!

How about upper management stop passing the buck to employees to defend themselves from scumbags who don't know that "no means no" and actually take responsibility for ensuring nasty, creepy office predators and alpha-male dickheads ( I know women can be arseholes too but it's usally we blokes with too much testorone! ) lose any shred of validty and career prospects to teach them to learn some respect for other human beings no matter their gender or ethnicity.

US govt scores a point against Assange in run-up to extradition appeal showdown

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Boring!

While I agree it's the principle of the matter, anyone else fed up with hearing about the supposed poster-boy Assange and his "fight for freedom and justice"? I have zero doubt it all a load of crud concocted by the US gov to get old whitey over the pond but the story has run its course and we're all bored now.

See that last line in the access list? Yeah, that means you don't have an access list

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Should have said, "OK, you tell me what you think will happen and then we'll put it to the test. Before we start can you just sign this waiver and have my P45 ready?"

Of course I'd also be inclided to slot a dual-redundant IDS and firewall setup on the outside of that webserver, box the whole lot into an isolated subnet and only allow key internal boxes to be able route into the isolated websvr/dbsvr combo network to perform admin, zero traffic inbound to the primary nets. I'm not a networks bod, just an admin who's fecking paranoid, and dealt with enough pondscum from the internet who will have your webserver compromised in about 60 secs after you've stood it up if you let 'em!

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Re: Expensive

Lucky if you get anywhere near not enough with some cowboys! You get cowboy builders and the IT biz is no different.

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Re: Stopped asking why a long time ago

While I can concur that sometimes you need to pick your battles, to me the professional attitude is always make a fuss when you know you're right. Allthough it depends if you mind your ribs rattling eating Pot Noodles for the next month while you look for a new job!

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Averted several serious screw ups by so called experts called into places I've worked as the logic goes from the PHBs, "They charge an arm and a leg for their services so they must be bloody good, obviously better that you bunch of permie monkeys else you'd be earning what they make!".

One such event was for rigging up kit for outsourcing, expert rolls up with "bag'o'scripts" and proceeds to demand they're run on all systems through central managment tool that can run anything as admin. I decide to take a look, as you obviously should do, before running anything just handed to you. 20 mins later found last line was variations of "shutdown -reboot now" for various o/s flavours that was left in for testing. I report my finding to PHB and contractor stating that it would not be wise to execute as is, shall I edit it first? I was told to leave it and they'll be back on Monday with some new scripts.

Much more contrite contractor arrives hands me the "bag'o'scripts" (tm) and asks if wouldn't mind vetting them before we run them. I wanted to say in my most patronising tone, "Hmm, now isn't it better we all play nice and stop being so condecending to those on less money but with way more experience?". I simply smiled and said, "Of course....but we run them on a small selection of pre-dev builds to be sure."

Amazon delays return to office work until 2022 at the earliest

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Re: Return to Office

Sorry, only one reasons some people want to go back, that's because it's nigh on impossible to look busy when WFH 'cos you actually have to get stuff done and show some results 'cos no one can see you 90% of the time. All those waste of space type of people who simply shuffle papers or run about looking busy will be first against the wall when the WFH HR reckoning comes and redundencies are made!

One thing I found was the WFH put me in a mindset to actually get more done to prove my worth, to meet deadlines and deliver ahead of time where I can. I'm working harder, smarter and getting more done in less time than when I was in the office constantly wasting time chatting or drinking coffee.

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Re: Return to Office

I've chatted to way more people over MS Teams ( sorry, it's what we're given! ) while WFH than I ever did in the office. Trying to find someone 'cos they skulked off yet another meeting to avoid doing any real work, with Teams I just ping them and they either pop up immediately or come after their current meeting.

I can't believe how productive my team is, we can quickly throw up meetings, whiteboard on chats and then head off to get stuff done. We get a serious problem and we're in a room in seconds looking into it.

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