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21) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1667313)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
They will be incurring an extra cost for the time the 3rd party has wasted for me, but that is nothing like their claimed $10,000...

Why are you complaining that sounds like good work for you?

Sounds very SOP in fact.

Have a friend that worked for Big Blue. They had to bid on a contract to migrate equipment. They had lots of experts who could do the Big Blue stuff easy and cheaper than any other company. The hang up was Big Blue didn't have enough in house experts on the other vendors systems, so they had to include lots of padding time and money to learn the other vendors systems.

That I can sypathise with.


For my example, I was working on the principle of minimum change and so the Microsoft-based office is still using all-Microsoft. The heavy lifting for compatibility was always going to be all on my side. (That old "we/Microsoft don't support that, but we can sell you a whole new system" silliness from the 3rd party support...)

Hence easier to do the clicks on the Microsoft Exchange myself rather than waste a day explaining to the "3rd party" what to do to set up a second domain.


Still scary that the approach by that "3rd party support" is very likely what they do to all their customers... Ouch. Hope that isn't their SOP!


It is very much what we allow it to be...
Martin
22) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1667307)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
They will be incurring an extra cost for the time the 3rd party has wasted for me, but that is nothing like their claimed $10,000...

Why are you complaining that sounds like good work for you?

It was if it wasn't for the extreme bad-mouthing from the 3rd-party support who should now be extremely embarrassed.

That has turned a few hours job for everything to instead be a few hours job + far too many hours in telecons plus another day or two for extra documentation for the sake of bum covering and noone is happy.


All very silly, and the hot air has been very wasteful,

and from what I've experienced with the "3rd party support", for them Microsoft really does seem to be a religion with multiple sub-cults of Marketing-speak. (Very much like the "New-speak" of George Orwell's 1984.)


Even though a good job has been done and with zero disruption and all exactly on time, and ridiculously under budget, noone is happy. Weird.

Perhaps I should have claimed "out of scope" and charged $8000... But then that would be excruciatingly dishonest.


IT is what we allow it to be.
Martin
23) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1667304)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
Wow, you really that good?

Nope. Far from it. And that's the real scary part!


So pray tell, why are you only an employee? Why aren't you head of your own company

I am certainly no employee...

(And likely no sane company person could survive being anywhere near me!... :-P

OK, so excluding those that do but best not drag others down into the bits and bytes... ;-) )


a la "Linux Bill Gates"?

Isn't that something of a contradiction of terms? Although, I'm sure there just has to be some few hundred pages of Microsoft EULA that could embrace that!


IT is very much what we make it...
Martin
24) Message boards : Politics : Tibet Burns - Cultural Genocide Continues (Message 1667246)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
For a very surprising and hopeful echo from another thread...

(Here's hoping some good traditions and ways can continue.)



The wedding photos that captivated China

China's relationship with its Tibetan minority has at times been troubled, so here's a moment worth noting: a Tibetan couple's wedding photos, showing scenes of both modern and traditional living, captivated millions of Chinese social media users...

... Xinhua, China's official state news agency, reported that the photos have been seen by 80 percent of users of messaging app WeChat - which would mean an audience of hundreds of millions. In an interview with the agency, Phuntsok, who works in advertising, speculated about what made the pictures so popular.

"Maybe we represented thousands of young people from ethnic minorities, who left their hometowns to pursue a 'modern life' but chose to return to tradition after feeling a void in the heart," he said. "I think we found an echo with other web users. As we fight for our dreams, some of us get lost. So we wanted to say with the photos: stick to your beliefs."...




Here is hoping that more will appreciate what is so far being lost...


All in our only one world,
Martin
25) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1667236)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
An extreme of denial?


Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city

... The result, we're told, is permanent lung damage, and 1.3 million deaths annually. That makes air pollution, after heart disease, India's second biggest killer.

And yet, it's only in the past two months as India's newspapers and television stations have begun to report the situation in detail that we've been gripped, like many others, with a sense of acute panic. ...




For something so directly obviously "in-yer-face" and right in yer throat and down to yer lungs... What chance have we against pollution that cannot be directly visibly seen until far too late?...


Can our politicians save us from the corrupt industrial demise yet?

All on our only one planet,
Martin
26) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1667232)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile ML1
In comparison, I've hit against the Microsoft world of Marketing jargon again for utter trivia that makes for a hideously expensive cost for even the most simple of system changes... All an incredible self-made industry!

Why call a $1 spanner a spanner when you can charge $10000 for a data transmission anchor point securement tool and technician to bolt a 3G aerial to an external bracket that is already in place!...?


Man, I must have really pissed you off. You're so easy Martin. :-D

Nope, don't worry, not you :-P


So... The back story to all this is that two of our offices were moving to a new domain name (now done, all by myself, for all 'em). Meanwhile, they need their old domain still up to catch the inevitable emails and enquiries to the old domain.

That one office have their own 3rd party paid-for tech support because they feel they need it... And that 3rd-party were VERY keen to 'manage' the domain name change.

So... the said 3rd-party "Microsoft experts" claimed the domain name change was 'out of scope', then they hyped up some stories of vast complexity and doom and disaster should anyone else touch the systems, and a $10,000 bill for supposedly two days work by a "team of their technicians". This is only for supporting just 92 people and a few outliers.

The real 'p**s-off' was that that office were so convinced by the Up-Selling pitch and that "Microsoft is oh all so scary and super-complex" that they were about to pay up!

The telecons and arguments took longer than the clicks needed to fix it, all at zero cost being as that is what I already support them for!


They will be incurring an extra cost for the time the 3rd party has wasted for me, but that is nothing like their claimed $10,000...


Work that one out?

Has Microsoft taught everyone to be really so dumbfounded?

Far too much time and effort is wasted for the sake of Marketing trickery...

(And a real eye-opener for how the training for '1st tier' and '2nd tier' is so meager. Really, a Microsoft reboot and reinstall fixes everything!)


And then... In the middle of all that the fabled "Microsoft Patch-up" didst roll in (merely TWO days before exploit remember...) to add a little disruption for some of the Microsoft perfection to then not cleanly reboot...


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
27) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1667040)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
... if I had a £1 for every thread that ended up O/S bashing...

This is as much about what I personally see as overly coercive and questionable Marketing practices as well as a holey OS...


Yet another example in a continuing onslaught:

Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

Mobe makers get lower patent fees in exchange for bloatware...

... Nearly every company shipping devices that run Android has now inked a licensing deal with Microsoft, which claims to hold patents covering technologies critical to the functioning of the mobile OS.

The software giant has consistently declined to name just which patents it's talking about or how Android might infringe...

... Some analysts have estimated that Microsoft's annual revenue from such fees has already grown to $2bn or more.

But the firm could stand to make even more if it convinces Android users to sign up for its online services via its mobile apps...




From what I see, Microsoft appears to make more revenue from Mafia-style 'extortion' than by actually offering any products...

And you can bet that none of this is good for the users/consumers...

IT is all about what we allow it to be...
Martin
28) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1667025)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
I suspect that this example is one that is ripe to get very intrusive and unsettling:


Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit...

The British Medical Journal has staged a debate on the topic “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?”...

... The truth is that these apps and devices are untested and unscientific, and they will open the door of uncertainty. Make no mistake: diagnostic uncertainty ignites extreme anxiety in people. We must reflect on what we might lose here, rather than what we might gain. Will apps simply empower patients to overdiagnosis and anxiety?

Spence is also suspicious of who benefits from apps and wearables, suggesting the winners are “corporate medicine and the drug industry … whose joint commercial imperative is to make us all health neurotics.”...



How far is that data sold onwards that details your every move every day?...


All in our only one world,
Martin
29) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666989)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
None of our customers run multiple applications on a single server. And if they insist, we tell them it is unsupported and they'll have to manage the server themselves. 100% of the time they don't do it.

Yep... I've smacked into similar "we don't support that" silliness.

All down to the support staff being dumbed down and being completely unknowing and untrained to know anything beyond their particular few buttons to press.


All very dangerous and insecure when the real world impinges for when "IT changes" are urgently needed to meet immediate business needs.


Guess that's why I've been called in to do what the customer 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support couldn't do over last weekend...

And I've been gobsmacked at the obfuscation in the Microsoft "Knowledge Base" where for the articles I've checked through, there is more Marketing jargon names than real substance. More of a game to hype up obscurity to scare rather than to offer informed help...

After all, Microsoft has created whole new industries to patch over making use of the Microsoft products...


So, my first hand experience is that for directly comparing two so far separate groups of office workers, our all-Microsoft support is costing about x16 the cost of instead supporting Windows desktops using Linux servers...

And that's before we add in the admin time for arguing about Microsoft licenses...


IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
30) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666978)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
... if you have several applications running on the same server?
Thats rather common.


It is not best practice to have multiple applications running on the same server.

There's that Microsoft Up-Selling again...


Do you really believe that?

Or is a Microsoft server really too fragile to do more than one thing at a time?

Or all just a cynical Marketing ploy to encumber users with yet more Microsoft licenses/CALs?...


IT is what we allow it to be,
Martin
31) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666791)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Not at all. But clearly you don't work as a SysAdmin. Why would you ever directly expose your server, whether it runs Windows or not, to the web rather than using a firewall and a load balancer like an F5 first?


And:

Funny thing about those reboots... there's some pretty fun technologies in the world of virtualization that allows you to mirror VMs in a replicated fashion, thus you can patch one, reboot it while allowing all the traffic to go to the other, then do the same to the second one, all without any interruption of service or perception of downtime.

The added bonus here is that you don't have to leave a system running that may have poorly coded custom application stacks with slow memory leaks degrading performance over long periods of time. This kind of issue affects even our Linux servers.


Absolutely fantastic response there thanks.

Spookily, that also follows some of the incredible "up-selling" that is wasting our time recently...


The world of Microsoft really is a Religion, and all wrapped up in Marketing techno-foolery that really do have "MSCE" trained people completely lost in the world of Microsoft ways and totally unemployable outside of the Microsoft world.

So...

Supposedly we must buy a fleet of Rolls-Royce supercars, so that we always have some spare on-hand for when we need to fill up the gas tank, all for the sake of a puncture repair kit for the paper lad to finish his newspaper round where a bicycle is still overkill for the job?

Yes... From what I am presently seeing first hand of the Microsoft world and their technical support, it really is that stupid.


Meanwhile, we have two of our Linux servers on the inside that have been running with zero downtime for example:

up 534 days
up 639 days

and three others at around the one year mark.

All in constant use for critical functions. No downtime needed until hardware failure stops the electrons...


In comparison, I've hit against the Microsoft world of Marketing jargon again for utter trivia that makes for a hideously expensive cost for even the most simple of system changes... All an incredible self-made industry!

Why call a $1 spanner a spanner when you can charge $10000 for a data transmission anchor point securement tool and technician to bolt a 3G aerial to an external bracket that is already in place!...?


There are a lot of wasteful reboots needed in parts of the world... And that needn't be the case...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin


ps: Not wishing to scare you but I'm sure you've heard of VMware and Qemu... They are Linux. Or for you is it maximized surface area of attack all the way with Hyper-V on Windows? Text files permitting?...

(More incredible is the shrugging off of what the latest exploits mean/indicate for Microsoft systems as much as the elementary vulnerability itself...)
32) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666595)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
All very much NOT the way that IT should be...


I do hope this applies to the recent catastrophic OSS flaws found recently as well.

So... Let's see...

You are comparing:

To...


No, I foolishly thought you might actually see that computer security is an ongoing, never-ending issue for all platforms, and that perhaps you could see beyond your own biased disdain for all things Microsoft and/or Windows and perhaps be fair and mature in your criticisms.

My bad.

And you're trying to distract for something that is trivially foolish that high-school graders would get a FAIL mark for being so foolish as opposed to major infrastructure that the Big Boys are now paying millions of dollars to safe-guard after having been caught out freeloading for years.


VAST difference of scale and stupidity...


Really, STILL, how on earth should your entire computer be pawned by merely displaying a TEXT file? Incredible! Ask Microsoft?


IT is what we allow it to be!
Martin
33) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666474)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
All very much NOT the way that IT should be...


I do hope this applies to the recent catastrophic OSS flaws found recently as well.

So... Let's see...

You are comparing:

The problem of all Windows systems getting pawned by simply being sent a single data packet from anywhere in the internet, or from simply displaying some document or email or website TEXT!

To...

Some critical cryptography that the entire web uses across all types of systems (Heartbleed and Freak).


For that comparison, looks like Windows is still at nursery school for security :-P


Note that the sort of vulnerability for the Windows examples go completely against what is taught for designing a good system architecture. Is that why there is such extreme rhetoric spewing forth in some areas for what the latest patch set means?

Including that you pretty much have to risk updating immediately. Regardless of what corporate services you might be running with Windows. That is a big ouch.

And I've got some very high stressed Americans who literally scream about any downtime or any interruption to their working... They are never happy at the best of times :-(

There are lots of grey hairs being generated for that patch set.


All of no concern if all your hair is already grey?...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
34) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1666339)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
The comments to this article thread are something to behold!...


Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

Patch Tuesday bug reverse engineered by Thursday...

... The security bug (CVE-2015-1635) allows attackers to knock web servers offline by sending a simple HTTP request...

... Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 systems running Microsoft's IIS web server are affected. The component at fault is HTTP.sys, a kernel-level driver...

... "Due to the ease with which this vulnerability can be exploited, we recommend that you expedite patching this vulnerability," SANS notes in an advisory...

... Microsoft has warned the security bug can be used to execute code remotely on the server, but so far,...

... Most of the time, the server just crashes.



There are number of aspects that make that rather painful for how the bug came to be in the first place and how the fix is likely not what should be done either...


Hence why the comments are so rabid due to something rather worrying and sensitive having been painfully hit?...

All combined with other current painful exposures:

Unpatched 18-year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived

It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine


The "must patch NOW" warning in that last article for this week is rather apt...

All very much NOT the way that IT should be...


And IT is what we make it...
Martin
35) Message boards : Number crunching : Linux, Nvidia 750-TI and Multiple Tasks. (Message 1665928)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Nice shot there! And good effort.

Not sure you can get much better than 94% GPU utilisation for any system...


You might squeeze a bit more by turning off the desktop compositing and some of the other eye-candy 'bling' effects.

(Never thought I'd be having to advise to turn off 'blinging' for Linux !!)


Happy fast x3 x2304 = x6912 crunchin'!
Martin
36) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Optical SETI suggestion (Message 1665927)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Hi,

We were talking here about Optical SETI searching for ET in terms of the ET projecting a laser beam into space.

However, do you think it would be possible, now or at some point in the near future, to have Optical SETI look for shadows, such as moving ETs and static erected structures on the planet?...

That is exactly what the Kepler mission is doing (now Kepler 2 after the gyros damage). Except for Kepler, the "shadows" are the entire planets being searched for.

There is also a lot of work being done to sample the light spectra from star systems, and some of that has been attempting to distinguish only the light from the planets... If we can measure a certain mixture of gas, such as the pollution that is seen for our own planet, then that could be suggestive of life processes or even civilizations...

(Note that our biggest loudest beacon that we are continuously transmitting to any aliens that might be interested in looking is the optical spectral signature seen for our artificial pollution that we are dumping into the Earth's atmosphere!)


So far with our present capability, the best we can do is look for planet-scale effects...

Further to that, ALL of science looks for the "unusual" and "unexpected" and so in some ways, all of our scientific work is in some way looking for ET and for even weirder things...

"Optical" is just another part of the radio spectrum which we tune into...


Keep searchin',
Martin
37) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1665920)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
Highlighting another side to undue 'pressures'... Do people really need to be pressured into overly expensive 'fashion-wear' before they can feel they can get fitter?!...


Why sales of women's sportswear are gathering pace


Note the usual Marketing super-model showing off likely the sort of size and styling that completely does not fit most people...


All for the usual Marketing twist...

All in our only one world,
Martin
38) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1665919)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
A fragment from Malaysian airliner that in July 2014 crashed over Ukraine (preliminary version - was hit by a missile), will be exhibited in a museum in Russia Yeisk (Krasnodar region). This was reported by "fourth estate", with reference to the publication, which appeared in the local newspaper "The Council of the Azov region."
https://slon.ru/posts/50526
In the near future it will be delivered to Yeisk, which will be one of the exhibits "Combat Brotherhood", which will be opened on the 70th anniversary of the Victory.

Possibly the same fragment features in this story of how it came to be uncovered:

MH17 crash: My revealing fragments from east Ukraine

(Image there of the evidence being deliberately burnt?...)


See for yourselves,

All in our only one world,
Martin
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics URL change soon. (Message 1665446)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile ML1
The expiration of kwsn.net is supposed to be 2015-04-17 at 02:24:07 UTC, so just about 3 days away.

The ICANN rules say that after expiration the domain goes into a grace period so the old owner can recover it. That's at least 30 days before there will be any possibility of going back.
Joe

Thanks for the heads up...

And there are various articles on the web about the games played out to grab expired domains...

Good luck all round but for my mind a change of domain is no big deal. It's the people that make it all work!


Let the Lunatics continue unabashed!!

Nee?! :-)

Happy faster crunchin',
Martin
40) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1664681)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
Thanks ML1.
Two quotes from your link stroke me:

‘Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.’ Jacques-Yves Cousteau

That one is from a long time ago! And yet still we garbage our planet.


‘Throughout history human exploitation of the earth has produced this progression: colonise-destroy-move on.’ Garrett Hardin

Sounds just like boom-and-bust plagues of locusts... Except we have the power of our industrialization...


Can positive politics, cooperation (rather than selfish confrontation), and the power of science save our day?...

Or will Marketing and corruption bring us all and most of our planet to an untimely unnatural end?...

Or... Revolution?


All on our only one planet,
Martin


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