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Comment Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 110 110

Rarely, if ever, does an IT department have what might be called an Engineering or a Projects department.

There are normally more than enough break-fix type tickets from EVERY department to cover all the permanent staff. Plus there is stuff like compliance, routine maintenance, etc that outsiders never see but eat away so much time. And then various managers (1) cut the IT budgets so tools and resources are taken away while (2) complaining that IT isn't agile and responsive enough.

Speak to the IT manager. Pay for dedicated resources within the IT department. I'm sure a competent IT manager would be ready to oblige. Remember your cheque book.

(All spelling mistakes due to too small a monitor running on too few coffees today).

Comment Re:Like increasingly often, the real question begs (Score 1) 153 153

I guess now, short of plastic surgery every other day, there is nothing standing in the way of a totalitarian state - everywhere.

Nothing you do out side of your home is private and anonymous. Every thing you say or do will can be used against you.

Because, you know, no one wants/is able to police the police.

Comment Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 1) 148 148

I'd just be happy if I could move the ribbon to the right or left side of the screen. So much real estate there and it doesn't get in the way. But nooooooo, fixed at the top of the screen so I can't see more of my document.

Comment Re:Toolbar-free download location (Score 1) 79 79

Still wondering if they will be able to publicly release their java MSI package.

I know they have one, because I see it on the downloads and support page for JDE E1. However I don't have access to the inner working of our corporate licence and work out if we are eligible to deploy it.

It would be possible just to download the MSI and deploy it. But Oracle do keep auditing us. So, better safe than sorry. (For various values of the word 'safe').

Comment Re:Told you so (Score 1, Insightful) 106 106

Really? US dollar? Swiss Franc is much more stable. Euro, is very spendable, mostly stable. Petro-Euro could easily replace Petro-Dollar (but ask Saddam Hussien how that turned out).

US Dollar is not worth its weight in paper.

China holds vast amount of US Dollars and the moment they decide to sell some or all of these, the currency will start to look like the Zimbabwe Dollar.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 83 83

Very true. I was working in our office in Milan when two users PCs were hit.

Email avoided Barracuda mail firewall device, Sophos on two Excahnge servers, Sophos on the endpoint and Outlook junk-email filters. It also came in through our Cisco firewall with an IDS module.

Email appeared to be a legit email from a logistics company in Italy (in Italian). Only three users out of 60 got the email, those that deal with the company. Two users opened the mail and the attachement.

So, one, it avoided a lots of checking. Secondly it worked very fast. It encrypted hard drives and network drives to the tune of 170k files in a few minutes. Thirdly, seems there were a few critical leaks of email databases (corroborated by the IT manager having spoken with her former colleagues and they had a similar problem only a few days before hand). Lastly, it seems that the attack was highly targetted.

Backup procedures are heavilty audited in our company and the Italian IT backup nightly and test restores daily. It took a while to load data from the tapes, but within 24 hours, all network data was restored with only a few files (those created that day) lost. Pc files lost amount to a few inconsequential files, plus lots of personal photos that the users had been warned NOT to store on company IT equipement.

Submission + - Oracle finally release Java MSI file. 1 1

nosfucious writes: Oracle Corporation, one of the largest software companies and leading supplier of database and enterprise software quietly started shipping a MSI version of their Java Runtime ( Java is the worlds leading software security vulnerability and keeping up with the frequent patches of nearly a job in itself. Added to this is the very corporate (read: Window on a large scale) unfriendly EXE packaging of the Java RTE. Sysadmins around the world should be rejoicing. However, nothing from Oracle is free. MSI versions of Java are only available to those with Java SE Advanced (and other similar products). Given that urgency and frequency of Java updates, what can be done to force Oracle release MSI versions publicly (and thereby reduce impact of their own bugs and improve Sysadmin sanity).

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 753 753

What will happen is that the large denomination notes will just simply not be issued.

Want that $1000 in cash? That will be a lot of 20s or even 10s. This is chump change and of no interest.

Large amounts of $100s make it easy to pay for stuff "of interest" - large amounts of drugs, bribes, high end weapony, keeping wages or other taxable payments of the radar, etc. Smaller notes mean that physical transportation of large amounts of cash becomes more problematic and risky, but not impossible.

Pennies might go, but that will be just coincidence.

Better have a way of getting your 1000 swiss franc and 500 Euro notes ASAP, and hope.

Comment Re: I dont get Jet Lag (Score 1) 163 163

Worst flight ever: red eye LA to Miami nearly killed me. Perth to Melbourne, a similar distance no problem. Probably just the lack of red eye.

I fly lots and the only other one as bad is Europe (Zurich) to Johannesburg. Overnight but same time zone. Got pretty cranky near the end of Dubai Melbourne too (17 hours after a quick 6 jaunt - via Asia is much better)

Comment Re:Remember Legal != Moral (Score 1) 288 288

Small players don't do business multi-national (mostly).

Actually, I think it would be much easier just to change the tax law to ignore related party transactions. So, if one company owned or had a beneficial stake in another, or common board membership, or had a board membership that was majorly composed of staff of the other company, that first company could not claim (1) fees for use of IP, (2) interest, (3) management charges, or (4) other imaginary charges from the second. Any charges for physical goods would have to be declared and the legal onus would be on the supplying party (overseas) to prove the cost of goods is realistic. Open, audit able books, so no hiding tax or bank accounts in tax havens.

If the the transaction is between unrelated companies, then charges are fully deductible.

Businesses are free to trade with whoever they want. But there becomes less of an incentive to implement transfer pricing. You could still do it, but both the buyer and the seller would have to agree to be fully accountable.

Problem solved.

(P.S. Rupert Murdoch owns the media in Oz, so don't expect to find the Herald-Scum or any like publications inciting the masses to rise up over this issue.)

Comment Re:"suicide, which all religions frown upon" (Score 1) 363 363

I would argue that religion is just a specialised form of cult.

Not really that much difference between the crowd at a rally in NK and one outside the Vatican.

NKs might be there to look good (or avoid disappearing in to a gulag), but how many that turn up to church at 10am on Sunday are also there only because of social pressure (and the fear of an eternity in hell).

Oblig George Carlin

Comment Re:Not united enough (Score 1) 88 88

The Swiss have sensibly stayed out of the EU. Hence there might a little problem if they decided to put the capital, in say, Frick, or Frauenfeld, or Fribourg.

Although, (and despite what Germany would like), they are picking and choosing which regulations they would like to cooperate with. There are many bilateral agreements between the Swiss and the Eu.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt