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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 11:03am
Um. Who put production credentials in onboarding doc?

"How screwed am I?" a new starter asked Reddit after claiming they'd been marched out of their job by their employer's CTO after "destroying" the production DB – and had been told "legal" would soon get stuck in.…

Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 10:37am
Defence Science and Tech Lab accused of 'discriminatory' rules

A data scientist claims the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) diddled him out of a £12,000 research competition prize because he is Russian – despite assurances he'd be able to claim the money.…

The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:30am
It's not the velociraptor you can see that kills you

One of the key principles of designing any high availability system is to make sure only vital apps or functions use it and everything else doesn't – sometimes referred to as KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).…

Clever girl! It's not the velociraptor you can see that blows your systems

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:30am
The hidden problems of criticality bloat

One of the key principles of designing any high availability system is to make sure only vital apps or functions use it and everything else doesn't – sometimes referred to as KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).…

Enterprise patching... is patchy, survey finds

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 9:00am
How difficult can it possibly be? Very, apparently

Delays in updating software and operating systems are putting organisations at greater risk of attacks, according to research by Duo Security.…

IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 8:38am
Forget 'value or biz justification' says UK GTS chief

IBM UK and Ireland has told the Global Technology Services team that all travel to customer sites must be approved by divisional general manager Tosca Colangeli irrespective of "value or business justification".…

EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

Mon, 05/06/2017 - 8:01am
€120m for the bin...

Opinion  A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020.…