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General Discussion Area / Re: What do you get......
« on: 12 December 2018, 16:01:10 »
Perhaps I should google 'extremely attractive to men' and see if my image pops up. :)

There's a typo in that which I just fixed for you :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 15:19:31 »
Yup, lots of ex military in security - our ex CISO, now Twitter CISO is ex US Army, IIRC; my SANS GCIH instructor is ex RAF (https://uk.sans.org/instructors/steve-armstrong)

I think being ex military helps in Incident Response roles, too, because your significant other is already used to you grabbing a bag and poking off for a couple of weeks at a moments notice ;) ;D

Yeah like when I was on 24 hours notice to ship out to Lebanon back in 2006?  3 days before the UK side of my wedding......

That went down well. :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 15:15:20 »
I still have my original copy of 'Serve to Lead' from Sandhurst, and I lean on my training and experience from there.  Plus this employee is ex Army so I fear we will get on fine.  I'll give it a read but if it is like any of the others I have read there is little on actual leadership but rather more on look at how good I am for taking this risk and having it pay off for me.

I do however lack the commercial experience I need going forward but I will be getting a business/commercial manager as soon as I can afford it as history showed from the French side that this resulted in the average 30-40% annual growth we have today in Frogland.

The first employee is significant because it gives me the momentum to get things going.  It hasn't been easy to find the right person.

My old company's directors, senior, middle, and junior management was entirely ex-military and the organisation was run on those grounds.  It was extremely well disciplined and aimed usually to recruit from the military, with a great deal of success.  I coming from a military family fitted right in, and throughout my career I highly valued ex-military personnel when I could recruit them to my team.  Through that I found success and I know if I was recruiting now I would still go down that road. They make the best members of any team, as my ex-Royal Marine son is now also proving in civvie street.

 The one problem is Gaffer there are not enough ex-service personnel around now. The one key thing is that you have the disciplines to take your career forward in the commercial world and you will learn quickly the rules of that game.  It is fairly easy to do that, but the other way round it is not; as you know discipline is a set of skills you do not learn overnight! ;)

Military types are very well suited to Cyber security, something about the mindset.  A lot of my peers are training up and getting out to greener pastures, so no disparity of ex-mil types in this field as such.  One of my mates is getting out in 10 months and he may even try for a position with me, we'll see.  He and I have many nights of heavy drinking and nearly getting arrested in several different countries yet it is unclear who is the bad influence on whom.

The biggest problem is not finding business but finding suitably qualified and experienced people.  In france the average growth rate would be at least 10 points higher if we could find more suitable employees to join the team, ex-mil or not.

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 15:09:22 »
....

 The one problem is Gaffer  .....

agreed .....  ::) ::) ::) ;)

Haven't you got some cars to turn in to tins of baked beans?

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 10:22:58 »
I still have my original copy of 'Serve to Lead' from Sandhurst, and I lean on my training and experience from there.  Plus this employee is ex Army so I fear we will get on fine.  I'll give it a read but if it is like any of the others I have read there is little on actual leadership but rather more on look at how good I am for taking this risk and having it pay off for me.

I do however lack the commercial experience I need going forward but I will be getting a business/commercial manager as soon as I can afford it as history showed from the French side that this resulted in the average 30-40% annual growth we have today in Frogland.

The first employee is significant because it gives me the momentum to get things going.  It hasn't been easy to find the right person.

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General Discussion Area / Re: 48 letters delivered?
« on: 12 December 2018, 09:47:12 »
Its alright kicking May out but wtf is there to replace her ::)

I give you the new leader of the Conservative party: https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/photos/the-funniest-photos-of-boris-johnson/

He won't be getting my vote, I would rather go for Sajid Javid if there is a contest but I hope she stays in.  Nobody else had the cojones to take this thankless job on and now those that should have had the gumption to step up are now sitting on the back benches throwing their teddies out of the pram.

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 09:30:24 »
Ta :y

I know you well enough to have interpreted that in the way it was intended :y  And I agree, a CISO will be anywhere from 120-180k at the moment.  DPO roles are a lot easier but also commanding near or at 6 figures in many circles.  I, of course, pay myself a pitance in the vague hope of having success one day but yes the milestone is an important one.  Especially as the new hire has the exact mindset I need to help me grow the business.

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 09:01:08 »
Let me know when you're paying six figures, Matt ;)  :D :y

To the right candidate I already can.  It all depends on how much I think you can earn so you would need to be an experienced CISO for that money  ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: What did you do at work today?
« on: 12 December 2018, 08:54:15 »
What did I do at work today?  I hired my first employee. 

S#!ts getting serious now.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 11 December 2018, 08:55:07 »
£540 would buy a whole Omega, complete with wheels  :D

Be realistic, it wouldn't buy an Omega.....




...it would buy two.

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General Car Chat / Re: Company car advice
« on: 10 December 2018, 23:03:49 »
Well, it has taken firkin ages but i have finally confirmed delivery in mid january.

After messing around with finance at the stealers first i hadn't been trading long enough, so i had some draft accounts made.  Still no good so switched to Black Horse who were ok with the company trading time but somehow didn't recognise my bank as a real bank (Itís a new fintech thing, and very good).  So after pulling my hair out i went Arval instead and with some to-ing and frow-ing we have finally arrived at a deal.

Although now i have to for the roller shutter to be delivered and fitted so it won't be here in time for xmas.

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra H Cambelt
« on: 10 December 2018, 15:17:22 »
Cambelt done and dusted with water pump for the agreed price.  Car now no longer smokes on cold start and has more power/pickup.  I'm guessing that the timing was slightly out beforehand.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Saturday musings...
« on: 09 December 2018, 20:01:10 »
I enjoyed the film a lot.  It certainly gave me a new perspective on Lady G.

And yes it was a bit dusty in the cinema.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Hamster fed
« on: 09 December 2018, 19:40:58 »
OOF seemed a bit slow earlier, so I just assumed the hamster in its yellow jacket had escaped and was rioting in Paris all weekend. ::) ::) ::)
We're currently back on SAS spinny drives for a bit, following a controller glitch on the SSDs (which are SATA)

Scratch chin, why would SSDs make a difference as I would expect the reverse with slower HDDs with possible queue buffer overflow?
It looked like the SATA controller lockup, rather than the SSD, but hard to prove, hence having non critical stuff on the SATA SSDs to get confidence back. Some of HPE's firmwares over the past couple of years do leave a lot to be desired :(

So we're on the SAS controllers, well away from anything SATA, for a bit.  None of the SAS stuff has shown any issues.

We do not use SATA hard drives, because they are universally rubbish when it comes to performance - I guarantee if I swapped out the SAS for SATA, we'd see disk latencies measured in seconds, once the caches were exhausted.

Keep talking sexy TB; send in the wonderful SAS they will usually win through and resolve all issues! :D :D :D ;)

You have a strange definition of sexy .

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General Discussion Area / Re: Hamster fed
« on: 06 December 2018, 23:18:03 »
Cloud = somebody else's computer = fingers in ears singing 'la la la, la la la theres no problem with that'

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