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This will cheer up those backroom boys among you who've ever had a strong desire to let a server have it with an arsenal of weapons, but didn't have a Springfield Armory M14, Heckler & Koch MP5 or IMI Uzi to hand: Marvellous, and we offer a round of applause to keepgoing.biz, which promises to protect your data in scenarios …

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hmmm...

Big guns ! Big guys ! Small.... ?

I'd guess so...

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Americans and their toys

Meh.

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Pirate

Well, hell...

Huh - that's where I sometimes go to shoot. I hope to hell they cleaned the place up afterwards.

BTW - that's an M11 in .380ACP (aka 9mm Short), not a Mac10, which is a .45ACP

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No expense spared.

Nice to see they pushed the boat out there, a crappy old Compaq Desktop EN that might possibly have been as advanced as a P3, a skanky old G2 ML370 rack mount that's missing it's front bezel and what looks like it might have been a HP P4 mini tower. Way to raid the junk room guys.

I prefer the HP vids where they fire a .50 cal through an EVA or create a gas explosion in a server room and destroy kit that wasn't rescued from the bin.

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Hmmmmmm...

It appears to me that there wasn't any active comms to that server (or electricity for that matter) so I'm wondering how it was being backed up???

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Oh really?

"We keep you going, no matter what happens!"

So if there's a simultaneous attack against all data centers they use, plus someone finds out where the off-site backups are stored and blows them up, everything just keeps going? It sounds like the cloud dream come true, but is more likely an invitation for litigation with a strap line like that!

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Grenade

bulletproof hosting?

If only those boys could be recruited to "service" some servers in Hong Kong and certain Eastern Bloc countries...

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Pint

@bulletproof hosting?

If you have the IP address and evidence for the ones in HK, I know exactly who to contact.

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Coat

We fired the CTO.

It took six JATO packs, but it worked...

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And??

'nuff said.

Keepgoing.biz? Nah. Stick the backup copy on a DVD, and leave it on a train. It'll emerge in a newspaper office somewhere, from which, as history has proved that for a small fee it can be safely retrieved.

Bloody pointless exercise. Rednecks shooting something that hasn't fought back. Yet.

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losers

What a bunch of dicks.

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I do hope

they properly disposed of the equipment according to WEEE legislation afterwards.

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lol at the guns

I too noticed the World War 2 guns. I am ashamed to realise that I know most of those guns names despite living in a country where they are quite illegal. Computer games are a bad influence!

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KEEP GOING!!!

WOOO HOOO !!!!

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There goes the Zion mainframe

They are working without earplugs and backstop?

Badass.

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Quite an array

And automatic weapons too, which are (IIRC) quite difficult to get/own, even in the US. Especially a 50-cal! What kind of outfit are these guys? Or where exactly in the US are they based?

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America

FUCK YEAH.

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IT Angle

"portable firepower" ?!?

Should that not be 'Mobile Firepower', in keeping with IT jargon?

They where sending packets to a server, afterall...

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now they get fu*ked by the authorities for littering

If they were in London, they'd have about 50 fines up the a*s - littering, pollution, making a nuisance, blah.

Lucky bugs; felt great to see them screw the servers

Missed out on the grenades, napalms and nukes, eh?

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those guns know nothing

One of them was holding the Tommy gun by the magazine!

If they don't don't know what a forestock is for they shouldn't be allowed near guns (even American ones).

Now if you had a Vickers MG, you could shoot up server racks for hours without stoppage*

*that's stoppage of the gun, server performance would drop off rapidly

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"and restores [data] completely in minutes"

Restores it to what? There's nothing left!

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Hot Damn ....... Texans gone Wild and Renaissance Rogue ...Private Pirate?

It is an interesting ambiguous business but with solid virtual based ethics, which would give IT a ..... well, Real and SurReal Advantage wouldn't be misleading.

"What is you actually do in the war, Daddy? " .... is one of those questions which would have an answer worth listening to, if well articulated by VentureNetworkers .... http://www.vnetinc.com/Pages.aspx/About-Us-Overview.

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Tut tut

Holding the thompson by the mag can cause jamming (not the musical kind) and cause a group of redknecks to laugh at your firearm ineptitude.

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Nice server...

It would be a shame if something.... happened to it

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lliving in a country where they are quite illegal

I wonder where they got those weapons? They are things I have absolutely no need for but, I want them anyway. I live in the midwest US where there are plenty of firearms but I've never seen any of those around.

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Grump

Right up until the end I thought they were demonstrating a new way to dispose of sensitive data so that it couldn't be recovered. What a sham! What a disappointment!

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IT Guys with Guns

These are the guys who can never let anyone get the last word in a flame war.

I'll bet their online avatars are total badasses.

Pretty pointless demonstration though. I guess our company doesn't need them because we have guards at our building's entrance.

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Recognize one?

One of those guys used to our President.

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MP5?

I don't see a MP5 in there. I see someone with what looks like a GSG-5 (with a real suppressor over the fake can that comes with it) shooting at the equipment.

btw: most guns in the US are not suppressed or automatic. It takes a lot of paperwork and money to get automatic weapons. Most civilians who legally own weapons use simple semiautomatic or bolt-action/pump-action/lever-action weapons. It costs a lot of money (we're talking several thousands) to get a legal automatic sear or an automatic weapon and anywhere from a $200 to $400 fee to get approved by the ATF, not to mention requiring a Chief Law Enforcement Officer to sign off on it (or barring that, a trust, which is more money).

Those hicks/yokels/rednecks/etc. that you see shooting automatics and lobbing grenades/cannons/etc. constitute less than 5% of the lawful gun-owning populace.

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@Andus McCoatover

>>>Bloody pointless exercise.

There has to be a *point* to having fun now? My - what a grey, depressing world you must live in. Oh, wait - it's England. I get it now :)

>>>Rednecks shooting something that hasn't fought back. Yet.

I seem to remember that they were good enough to have seen off the English pretty sharpish back in the day - hope your Orwellian surveillance-society is keeping you safe when you cower in your bed at night, forbidden from even punching a burglar yourself.

God forbid you find a gun in your garden and try to do the right thing - get banged-up for 5 years, eh?

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@Tzael

To be honest mate, I think in your quoted situation, business continuity MAY be a moot point... Most of your employees would be dead, and America will be under invasion. Which UNLESS that simultaneous attack was carried out by us, would probably be bad news.

Still, I need to look at business continuity... Perhaps I'll throw that scenario in the DR plan and use it as an excuse to see if I can get away with sentry guns, minefields, and an armoury in the server room...

For emergencies of course...

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Going 'Postal'

You can now downsize employees safe in the knowledge that after they have returned and massacred the remainder you can Keep Going.

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When you absolutely, positively have to make a point ...

... you really can't beat a 50 cal !!!

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Pirate

WRONG

Network admins are between the lusers and the servers. I say these guys were shooting in the wrong direction...

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Happy

RE Ian Ferguson

What are you complaining about it looked like a pretty green data center to me.

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sigh Merkins not all Texan tools

Is it me or did that video look like the tech geek equivalent to the guns and babes video Samuel Jackson is watching in Jackie Brown? Still just to let our euro readers not have the common misconception that America is a Judge Dredd society with everyone packing heat right out of the cowboy movies, most in America don't need guns to get a hardon. I have lived in some of the most gun friendly areas in America and in any decent sized city you very rarely ever see a gun and if someone has one you can guarantee they will get our overzealous redneck polices attention (one thing I do miss about living in Europe is how the people actually look at the police force for most part as helpful public servants instead of redneck assholes out to put the hurt on you because you ain't one of them). You just hear from the very loud lunatic fringe like the woman that was packing heat to her daughters soccer game legally and then was shot by her husband in a domestic dispute less than year later (http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/10/gun-toting_soccer_mom_is_shot.html)

Guns are their to protect you and it is lies that they increase your odds of dying of a gunshot wound by 42x if you have a gun in the house. Still I would rather the rednecks play with their guns out in the woods and burn off testosterone than bottle it up and blow up abortion clinics.

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Eddie Shoestring...

Eddie Shoestring... only needed a Baseball Bat when he reformatted his IBM Mainframe.

British restraint. Those who lived through the '70s will recall that Eddie was an IT person before he became a Private Detective. He had become overwhelmed by a need to reconfigure the machine he worked with..... (grin).

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AMERKA!

FUCK YEAH!

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Grenade

Act your age

not your show size, guys.

(always wanted to say that)

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What I'm surprised at is...

... how they _legally_ got their hands on sound suppressors?

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Didn't someone already demolish a server or five on video?

Didn't HP already do this, and rather better (HP-UX, Linux, NonStop, VMS, Windows restart times compared) a couple of years ago? June 2007 is when the "disasterproof" server video appeared on Youtube but they'd already done one for storage stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMCHpUtJnEI for the "disasterproof" servers video

http://h20338.www2.hp.com/enterprise/w1/en/solutions/storage-disaster-proof-solutions.html for the video and loads of in-depth backup material

Disclaimer: I hate HP as much as you do, but just occasionally they get something nearly right.

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Hang on a Sec!

A group of gun totting rednecks are able to storm into our data centre, start shootin' the shit of everything in sight and according to KeepGoing.biz, I am supposed to happy in the knowledge that the company will be able to contyinue to function. Fuck that, fuck the servers, the backups and the company I'm getting the hell out of dodge

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To All Those Scared to Pick Up a Gun and Shoot IT

It's like sex. Get out of the IT basement, into the sunlight and actually try it ... you might like it. For sex I recommend the kitchen ... lots of tables and counter space.

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Restore in minutes?

Interesting. Worth a test. I have a couple of TB waiting for just this to happen. And we have only a couple of dialin lines available for backup. Hello? Miss? Anybody there? Thought so... :-)

But the demonstration was nice. Are they available for consulting? There's this customer, see, and their infernal IT sucks...

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Best commercial ever,

but I still wouldn't use their services. Sure they can abuse servers with nice weapons, but they haven't proven they can maintain data; only destroy hardware.

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Let's take off and nuke 'em from space. It's the only way to be sure

Shiny!

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where do I begin?

1) They actually got PAID to do that!

2) They should have started at 88mm and got bigger

3) I defy any real sys admin to look me in the eye and say they weren't a little big jealous!

4) When they opened fire, I almost had a "happy ending" moment.

5) That video was almost as liberating as the time I had my cell phone "accidentally" run over by a tank.

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hmmm

I'm with the rednecks here, should I seek professional help?

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Pint

Processors are tough

I've never shot up a computer but I did take some old AMD and Cyrix processors out to the range. On one, I'd tried drilling through the brown ceramic coating over the chip but just scratched it with a high speed steel bit. Turns out a .45 ACP and 7.62 Tokarev both made the chips shatter very prettily.

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@AC 18:48

"My - what a grey, depressing world you must live in. Oh, wait - it's England. I get it now :)"

Er, no. I'm in Finland. True freedom. (Except from the taxman, natch! ;)

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